Dance Dance Dance

"So what do I have to do?"
"Dance," said the Sheep Man. "Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougotta dance. Don'teventhinkwhy. Starttothink, yourfeetstop. Yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you'restuck. Sodon'tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb. Yougottakeepthestep. Yougottalimberup. Yougottaloosenwhatyoubolteddown. Yougottauseallyougot. Weknowyou'retired, tiredandscared. Happenstoeveryone, okay? Justdontletyourfeetstop."

I looked up and gazed again at the shadow on the wall.
"Dancingiseverything," continued the Sheep Man. "Danceintip-topform. Dancesoitallkeepsspinning. Ifyoudothat, wemightbeabletodosomethingforyou. Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays."

Dance. As long as the music plays,
echoed in my mind.

So, what does the Sheep Man mean?

Personally, I believe that 'dancing' is a metaphor for advancing in life - no matter what happens, you ought to keep on going, keep on dancing. You got to keep the pace up - keep the step up. If you start thinking too much, you become rigid - bolted down. You cannot advance. Hence, no matter what happens, one should keep advancing to some direction. One should try to not to get stuck even if one is tired and scared.

Keep on living as long as your heart beats.

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- Vili