One of the first rules I learned in ballet was to 'leave it at the door,' as in, leave your life issues and drama outside. The studio was a place for dance and discipline, not petty fights with best friends at school or boyfriend issues.
As a twelve year old going through a parental divorce and the issues of getting over my drawn out ugly phase, not thinking about my *overly* dramatic issues was hard.
Got a not so stellar grade on my last exam? Too bad, point my toes more anyway. The boy I like doesn't like me back? Forget it and fix my arabesque. Parents yell at me for no good reason? Psh. I need to be more concerned about my turnout than how much the world hates me.
This mentality made me mature real fast and taught me invaluable lessons such as:
~I have a purpose higher than myself and I have a responsibility to fulfill that purpose everyday.
(a.k.a., get over myself.)
~It's not as bad as I think it is.
~Focus on what I can control, not things I can't. Similarly...
~Be present. There's no point in worrying about anything else.
The past is gone and I can't change the future.
~Suck it up. Move on. Those with excuses are not fulfilling their potential.
One of the biggest reasons why dance is in my heart is because all my life lessons circle back to my childhood days in the studio. It's amazing how 'leaving it at the door' changes one's perspective and creates a happier and more fulfilled life.
Do you often have to 'leave it at the door'?
What taught you how to do it?
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