Children are pretty amazing little humans. Sure, they can be trying on the best of days, and push you to the ultimate breaking point on the worst of them, but they also teach us so many simple life lessons, don’t they?
Like the importance of dancing like no one’s watching.
A little girl named Loren has caught the attention of social media users everywhere, after her mother Jennifer Patterson posted a video of the six-year-old singing with a church choir. In it, Loren is singing alongside 20-30 other little boys and girls, but she’s standing out for an entirely different reason: her dancing.
Almost as soon as the beat gets going Loren is jamming out like it’s nobody’s business, and we can’t get enough. You can hear her mom — who is recording the whole thing — giggling a bit in the background as Loren really goes for it, waving her arms and swaying her hips with pure joy while all of the other kids stand still, simply singing.
Honestly, it’s the best thing we’ve seen this week. Why can’t we all be so free to lose ourselves in the moment like that?
Naturally Loren’s moves have caught the attention of other news outlets and talk shows; while she hasn’t been asked to make an appearance on Ellen just yet, the family has been interviewed and the video has been widely shared. On Facebook where it originally appeared, the video currently has nearly 700,000 shares, while the subsequent YouTube post is now sitting at nearly 70,000 views.
We understand why: you can’t help but smile and be happy as you see how joyful this six-year-old kid is, just doing her own thing. It makes you want to shed your own inhibitions and bust a move on a dance floor or jam out in your living room, just because you can.
“Your daughter is changing lives,” one YouTube commenter posted. “I showed this to my 89 year-old mother who is having a tough time transitioning from living on her own to being in an assisted living center. Mom has decided there ain’t nothing going to steal her joy either! Loren did that. Mom and I have watched this together every day since I first saw it on Facebook.”
“Loren is a lesson for us all,” someone else shared. “Sometimes we pay entirely too much attention to what others think and are doing. We keep ourselves from being who God created us to be. I’m grateful for Loren. She ministered to me. I was kind of down until I saw her. She is A GIFT.”
Agreed. This kid is a hero. Let’s all be more like Loren and feel free to be ourselves a little more often. Especially when it comes to busting out a move.