I can’t wait until I can write long posts again, but I wanted to repost this blog post because of the emotional and mental transformation that has happened since I wrote this.
I still struggle with confidence, but I find it easier for myself to care less and less about what others think of me. But as I know many people struggle with this, I am sharing it again…
“Please, please don’t believe in me…
… because seriously, it would be so much easier that way.
The drums of negative self-belief could keep beating.
My heart could stay caged.
The comfort zone of all I have ever seen could remain securely in my surrounds.
I wouldn’t have to step even a toe through that grating, uncomfortable barrier that has been gripping me so tightly.
I could continue to avoid confronting what has kept me here…
…in this place of “I can’t” and “I don’t deserve”.
I can dodge the pain that comes with asking “Why?”
I could continue to feel as though all is right.
I could avoid the fight.
But ya know, I can’t do any of that, when you take my hand and walk me to the land of believing.
When you gently and magically clear the dust and show me what could be.
When you matter-of-factly show me what I could do. How I could feel. What Ideserve.
When you tell me you think I can.
These notions fill my mind with crazy ideas of…
OMG. Wait, what? “Pride?”
That is the strangest damn sensation I’ve ever experienced.
I have only started feeling these things since starting my passion, ballet. And more intensely since going to Studio Tibor and getting such amazing ballet /therapy from Julia and Vadym.
My first class at QLD Ballet moved things around in me also — and I’m not talking about pie!
(Because despite being an activity that requires much correction, it is somehow a nurturing expansive experience in which you cannot help but progress in some way.)
And now, as I stare down the barrel of more and more ballet, with more and more confronting of internal beliefs, this crap just gets louder and louder.
I know I have to move through them all. And I will. And it will be a sublime day when I reach the other side.
I want to thank my teachers for being such a huge inspiration.
And I want all you wonderful amazing adult dancers out there to know that I am so intensely inspired by each of you. Whether you relate to my self-belief journey or not, doesn’t matter to me.
I read your stories and hear your journeys and they fill me up with such admiration. You give me a sense of tangible possibility.
“If they can, I can!”
And I can’t wait for one day, when I can say to others: “If I could do it, you can too.”