Chuck Berry and My Happy Place

I absolutely love dancing. I like to think of dancing as exercise for the soul!!


Just a few moments ago, I sat down from dancing to the soft, rhythmic tunes of Chuck Berry. Ever hear and watch him play?

Chuck Berry playing “C’est la Vie” live

The above video was an accidental find. I was actually looking into what it would be like to move to Memphis, Tennessee and a video of Chuck playing “Memphis, Tennessee”  came up. That was followed by “Johnny B. Goode”, and then came “C’est la Vie”. It was that last song that struck a spontaneous chord in me (see what I did there?? Chord? Guitar?? Oh come on, you know that was a good one!).


(Above: At a Spring Frolic in Barberville, Florida. It happens every year and it’s so fun!!)

Anywho, I was in the kitchen with my laptop on the dining table. I just got up and out of my chair and started dancing in my quaint,little kitchen to that song. I felt the  that 70s  smooth rock rhythm move my body. I, for sure, was in my happy place.  I pretended that I was dancing with my future wife, whisking her along with the music. That sweet, good music that made me happy. Not only was it the music that made me happy, but the fact that I had a moment in time to enjoy myself by myself-made me happy. Let me explain.


(At my friends’ wedding. I had a blast!)

Currently, I work a full-time job. On top of that, I have been looking for a second job and have been working on other streams of income for the last 7 or 8 months- while having no car.I take Lyfts, and get rides to wherever I go by bus, my roommate or by co-workers and friends. My life involves the help of others, while not having a lot of time of simply enjoying it by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have been enjoying time with friends and all but I haven’t felt like I have truly enjoyed time by myself. To find a moment where I didn’t need to worry about finances is like me finding an oasis in a desert. It means that much to me.

That is what I had tonight. An oasis moment with Chuck Berry. As straight as I am, it was a lovely moment for me. It took me back to how I used to really love the sound of an electric guitar as a teenager. I can credit Michael Jackson introducing me to the eclectic sounds of a guitar that he featured in his music( thanks Slash!). Elvis Presley had something to do with that as well. I like to think that the guitar is the instrument with the most attitude. The way that Chuck was playing it in that video, the right attitude for my oasis moment was set.

How long has it been since you have experienced an oasis moment? I know that life can be crazy with work, kids, family, friends ad projects that you need to do but what does your oasis in the desert look like? If you don’t know what it is because you haven’t experienced your oasis, I believe that you can find it. It can be dancing in the kitchen to a classic sound by Chuck Berry. It can be swimming in a pool, letting the water bathe you with comfort. It can be at your favorite ice cream shop, having conversation with your best friend or even just by yourself.It can be listening to your favorite band with your headphones on, rocking the night away as you lay in bed.


Whatever it is, find it. Find your oasis in the desert where pure joy could be scarce.


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I am a 32 year-old central floridian. I work at a 4-Diamond hotel in Florida. I live with a roommate who is so different than me, it's insane, but we make it work. Also, I am a 6'3" tall, 240 lb black, straight man who wants to blog about self-care!

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