The song I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack is the song my mom and I call ours. It is one of those songs that gives you goose bumps and makes you feel free. It reminds me that, even when I feel fearful, unsure, lost, alone, or stuck in a social, emotional, or unmotivated rut, I can simply dance it all away.

The simple things, those things that are so small and unexpected that, as the smile spreads across your face, you realize, it is those things that create a different perspective for us about the future, the unexpected, the unknown or uncertain. This, to me, is hope. It always seems to come at the right time, when I am literally, least expecting it. Now as this may sound cliché, I will explain how I was brought this reminder.

I had a very busy, frustrating, drawn out day. It was pouring rain, dark and dreary, and nothing seemed to be working out as I expected. I try to maintain a positive mindset and a peaceful outlook in life, reframing the bad things in an attempt to see them from a different perspective, giving life the benefit of the doubt. This approach however, was not working for me yesterday.

As I was sitting at the stoplight, waiting to get on the barely moving parking lot of the 101 freeway toward home in the midst of rush hour traffic, I realized the sun had made its way through the dark clouds, peaking in on my rainy day. As the stoplight turned green and I began what seemed like the never-ending journey, the world gave me the most fortuitous surprise. A beautiful rainbow grazed the sky right in front of me, growing brighter throughout my entire drive.

In such awe of this simplistic, organic, visual perfection, I became unaware of the chaotic outside world. I did not even realize how long my drive took or how unbearable the traffic was. The rainbow was placed there for me and for anyone else having ‘just one of those days’. It brought me hope and made me smile, lifting my fear and apprehension, and replacing it with a sense of innate joy and peace of mind. The rainbow brought the hope I needed, reminding me to just dance because, tomorrow is a brand new day.

-Rachel Schoenbaum

“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance. Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’ Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’ Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter When you come close to sellin’ out, reconside Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I Hope You Dance”



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