I have an appointment with my rheumatologist today actually to discuss this, but I think my mind is made up already. And I think this is the reason I had to "come off" the lortab long enough to get my head clear to "hear" what I want to do when I grow up . Some of you may know that I am a gym nut. The reason I'm a gym nut in spite of painful fibro is because there is a class there called cardio funk which is dance aerobics that is so much fun I'm beyond passionate about going. I've gone in the middle of my worst flares. I've gone the day after a tetanus shot for heavens sake. I've always loved to dance. I was a cheerleader pre fibro, grew up doing musical dance theater, etc. Anyway, about four months ago I got frustrated that the new songs weren't coming fast enough in class (I LOVE learning the new songs, I pick them up fast and that's blissful heaven to me being in class learning new choreography), so I started choreographing my own at home for fun. My kids love watching and playing along, and they're old enough that they started picking up some of the choreography, and then more, and then all of it. The Saturday morning I came downstairs to find them doing "my" choreography without me was the giddiest feeling I've had in a long time. I don't know what I was thinking, but last week I made a c.d. of the songs I had complete choreography for and gave them to my teacher (who is well on his way to being famous by the way--has a part in a hollywood movie coming out, an exercise dvd coming out, auditions for two more movies this month, etc.). I agonized all weekend wondering WHY I had done that. What was I thinking?? Yesterday was the moment of truth and after discussing it with him he said he thought I should get certified through AFAA and become an instructor!!!!!! He said I have the right instincts. I can choreograph! I can dance! ! I mentioned finding software that lets me mess with the speed of songs to make the beats per minute perfect and he said he knows plenty of other instructors who never even "hear" that that's necessary. They just play their music straight from their ipods and never realize that the speed should be different. Anyway, what I really want to do is teach kids! Elementary and Junior High age kids to be exact. At gyms, YMCA's, boys and girls clubs, homeschoolers, etc. I want to get certified and teach kids dance aerobics for fun and fitness. Yesterday after I had that AHA moment I danced for three hours. I'm in so much pain this morning but I feel so happy and right. Now I have to buy a textbook and start studying. The certification exam is all day with written and practical portions and it's on September 11th, so I've only got the summer to get ready. I did get an A in Biology in college, how different can exercise physiology be?? right? Am I crazy to have fibro and be considering this? I'm going to ask my rheumy, but I think I've already made up my mind.