My friend, Joelle, wants to start a fun rock-and-roll dance class for her friends. She wants to play great music and just dance with other women. She doesn’t want to go to a fancy health club where muscular 20-somethings are all staring and comparing in front of the mirror. She wants to move around and have fun.
“Should I wait until I get more people?” she asked me.
“No!” I said adamantly.
“I have one or two friends who might want to start with me,” she said.
“So start small!” I said. “Start with one friend or two and then you’ll get more and more women.”
“But won’t it be strange to have such a small class?” she asked. “Maybe I should wait until I get more women.”
“You can wait and wait and never get enough women,” I said.
Don’t wait for the perfect condition, the perfect wave. It might not happen.
Make the connection, as Seth Godin writes in his blog. The rest will follow.
Take a little step and you’ll reap big rewards.
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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