Explore Bold New Worlds - Expand Your Brain!

My daughter was auditioning for the musical “Age of Aquarius” at Harrington Arts Academy and it so happened that this show was open to all ages.  Several of the moms of the “theater kids” decided we’d also try out for parts. Guess what? I got a part - singing, dancing and delivering the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Next thing I knew, I’m immersed in rehearsals, dancing with teenagers 3 hours a night, 4 days a week and practicing lines with my daughter.  These students are so good and quick at picking things up, it’s hard keeping up with them! It’s simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating!

So, decades after acting in high school and college, I’m finding myself once again enjoying being on stage and all the craziness of being in a theater production.  But this time, I’m a lot older, and it’s harder to remember the moves and lines. No excuses!  The show must go on, and I’ll give it everything I’ve got! I’m not going to let anyone down, including myself.

I don’t think I would’ve had the nerve to try out if I didn’t believe Harrington Arts Academy would accept me and encourage me to be my best. HAA is a wonderful place in which to get in touch with your inner actor/musician/dancer/artist!  This family-run school of the arts is a warm, friendly and safe place in which your creativity can be sparked or rekindled and enhanced by the teachers and other students.  They do an amazing job of encouraging self-confidence in kids, as well. Harrington is currently in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization, so they’re recreating themselves, too!

As if all the acting, dancing and singing weren’t enough of a challenge, I also just started hapkido lessons! This form of mixed martial arts involves kicking, punching, grappling, yoga, and discipline, among other things. I haven’t studied martial arts since I was in karate classes in high school. Now I’m in United Karate Centers hapkido class every Saturday with my family, learning self-defense, getting stronger, and enjoying a great new community of people.

Where has this journey to the “Bold New Worlds” of acting and hapkido taken me? I’m having fun, meeting people of all ages, I’m more physically fit than I’ve been in years, and my brain is forming a plethora of new neural pathways (created through focused learning of new information or exposure to new situations).

Be brave!  Strike out on new paths or revisit old ones you once enjoyed, as I have. Remember that “all work and no play” can make us dull and lose our edge. Igniting an old passion or discovering a new interest is exciting and inspiring, and you can bring that excitement, concentration and energy into your business. 

- Mary Bahus-Meyer, Full Circle Creative, guest blogger for Loveland Center for Business Development

Mary Bahus-Meyer is the co-owner of Full Circle Creative and Satori Grill in Loveland.  She also served on the board of directors for the nonprofit Downtown Loveland Association for many years, produces the Loveland ARTSource annual guide to the arts in Loveland, and dances with the Loveland Belly Belles.

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