Lucky Monroe

An Open Letter: How Pole Dancing Saved My Life

So, I was listening to this song called I’M DOPE by Toby Nwigwe and David Micheal Wyatt the other day and I was like “Ohhhh, damn I bet I would look so bomb doing a routine to this.”

Now, to you this may sound normal or perhaps even like I’m a bit full of myself. But to me, I honestly couldn’t believe what had just happened. For the first time in my life, I had a completely voluntary positive thought about myself. For the first time in my life, I had seen myself as something other than an ever growing mountain of negative things. This to me, was amazing, because so many nights, I was so close to ending it all.

By pole dancing, I started this amazing journey where everyday I trust myself more and more, I realized I found confidence that I thought I never could have, and I’ve gained a space where I’m not just tolerated but celebrated, and overall I’m genuinely happier and healthier.

Also, if you think it promotes stripping, I just got to say this. Strippers are some of the strongest women I know, physically and mentally. This is a legitimate sport, as it takes hours of practice, coordination, agility, and endurance, all of which I’m STILL developing. I’ve personally only met strong, independent and healthy women who are amazing human beings.

Please end the stigma that aerial art or any dance related to it as a negative thing. End stigmas all together. They’re just the consequence of senseless fear and hate anyway, so what good do they present? One thing that has many flaws but few advantages is not useful, so why continue to feed it energy?

It’s important for us to find things that make us happy, and for some is pole dancing. I invite you to try being open minded today, you just might surprise yourself. And yea, I get it, unlearning is hard, but what isn’t?

I love you tribe,

Xoxo

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