I guess I just had a lot of self doubt...



I guess I just had a lot of self doubt.

When it comes to anything public like performing or speaking it's not something I've ever felt comfortable doing or even considered doing.

I joined Boss Morris, a new all women contemporary Morris dancing side in 2015.

All our costumes are hand made and we have face paints that we make for each event.

They're now a group of friends. There's solidarity. Camaraderie. It encompasses everything I like doing: friendship, creativity, my interest in folk art.

We are very much a tribe and the idea came up of having a boss tattoo.

I'm not sure you'd expect Morris dancers to have a tattoo of their side on them. It's something that's branded on you.

It has no single meaning but we see it as something that symbolises us, a group of progressive women trying to bring English folk dancing back into the vernacular, and make it cool.

I've learned that I don't like the feeling that I can't do something.

I've had to do things. Public speaking. Perform.

All those elements have brought out something in me.

It's confidence. It's application of will. I'm willing to try something.

told by lily

uk

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