I know a woman who is sixty-three years old and she constantly reminds me quite happily that she is the youngest in her family. When I talk to women I notice that young, younger and youngest are all words spoken with a certain amount of glee. Meanwhile, old, older and oldest are pronounced with gloom.
When we dance tango we connect to that part of a person that is ageless: their consciousness. As a bonus we also get to touch their subconscious, maybe even their soul.
It is difficult to translate into words the information I am getting from my tango partner but it is definitely emotional in nature. Memories are based on emotions and they are stored not just in our brains but everywhere within our bodies. If our spirit is more than just a figment of our imagination, I’ll bet that it too has memories tucked away somewhere in a place we cannot fathom.
Before words people communicated through emotions. There is something inside each of us that is primal, cosmic and timeless. It is my belief that our emotions connect us to the past and the future of not only ourselves but also the entire human race, maybe even the universe. Somehow everything everywhere is connected all at the same time. When we move together in the tango embrace, in harmony with the music and with the crowd, we are not just dancing on the dance floor, we are moving through time and space, seeing a part of each other that goes beyond the corporeal and into the ethereal, something that is simultaneously microscopic and macroscopic, both here and now but also somewhere else in another time.
Ladies, don’t lament your years here on planet Earth. In the eyes of the world you are neither old nor young. So get out there on the dance floor and make some memories for all of us to share.