Leann Womack, “I Hope You Dance”

Leah Womack

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, dance.

Leann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” gives lyrical advice by creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a porch-swing during a midsummer’s twilight; the kind where half-empty glasses of perspiring homemade beverages wait to be finished during pauses of hearty conversation. In its entirety, the song creates feelings of nostalgia for me and sounds like advice I could likely receive from a close family member or friend. This specific snippet of lyrics encourages me to hold fast to my true self in the thick of trials and tribulations life will most assuredly bring. It motivates me to embrace opportunities and to turn life itself into my personal dancing partner, so that I may waltz rather than trudge. It also reminds me that I should remain humble by understanding that I am a small, yet relevant part of a far greater picture. It inspires me to look into the sky rather than simply looking at it; doing so is like breaking the levee to my normal train of thought and invokes ideas I never knew I could have.

—Meagan Joseph