Hello ladies and gentlemen! I am super excited about today's post because I get to talk about the inspiring people that I am lucky enough to dance alongside. I don't know how familiar everyone out there is with dance, but it is very powerful method of sharing a message.
Today I want to talk about my dance studio's Teen Company. This year they are doing the most amazing contemporary routine. The dance is to an instrumental song with text layered over it. The incredible thing about this dance is that each of the dancers recorded a very personal statement that was then added over the music. Each of the dancers said something that begins with "I wish." They go on to talk about all the things they wish people knew about them. Lots of them said they wish people knew that they were strong, or that people knew their feeling get hurt when people say mean things to them. Some talked about anxiety, how taking care of yourself isn't selfish, and how labels deconstruct people.
This dance really got to me. I realized I had never known that people were feeling these kinds of things, even though I've been dancing alongside some of them for years. This dance is definitely one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching dances I've ever seen, and it was choreographed amazingly (is that even a word?). It made me realize that we all have things that even our closest friends and family don't know about us. This dance really awakened me to how much we hide from others. A lot of times we put up a confident front or make ourselves look put together. Sometimes we feel like we have to act a certain way around other people. Maybe we're expected to be the "funny guy" of the group but sometimes all we want to do is sit down and be serious. Does anyone else feel like they have a million different personalities?
We tend to act differently around others so we can relate to them and fit in. This can be hard because we end up holding in a lot of different sides of ourselves, just like the Teens talked about in their dance. But sometimes we find people in our lives that we don't have to hide anything from. For me, that is my dance company. I've never met a group of girls as amazing and loving as they are, and I am truly thankful for them. They let me be my complete self, which can be a LOT to handle.
I encourage you to find those people in your life. Find the people that let you be completely yourself without judgement or questioning. It may take a while to find those people, but keep hanging on until you get them. Holding back parts of yourself from everyone is so tiring. It wears you down. Realistically, there are people in this world who aren't as accepting as others. That's why we need those people that love you unconditionally, It's so freeing to have people that are there for you 100%. I don't know what I would do without dance, because if I didn't see the people I love as frequently as I do, I don't know what I would do. I'd probably cry everyday.
So guys, find your people! Maybe those people are from school, or maybe an after school activity, or your family, or people from a club. No matter what, FIND THEM, and hang on. You absolutely need their support, and they need yours. Life can be really tricky and tough, but if you have some sisters and brothers (this can be figurative or literal) to help you through it, it's going to be one amazing journey :).
We've all got parts of ourselves that we hide from others, and that's okay, The important thing is to not hide them from yourselves. If you know something you're keeping to yourself is starting to hurt you, talk to someone about it. Go to your people and let them know how you're feeling. Remember you don't have to be scared around the people who love you unconditionally, because they're going to be there for you no matter what. I hope all of you are as lucky as I am to have such amazing friends and family. And if you aren't, don't worry because they're coming your way soon.
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3