“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties”. – Helen Keller
I was born a dancer. Even before I could walk, I could not stop moving. My mom loves to tell me the story of when I was a baby and had to wear braces on my legs to straighten my bones, how I would take my braced legs and kick them against the crib. I couldn’t stop moving and never have.
I grew up dancing. At first I preferred hopping and jumping jacks and by age three I was enrolled in my first dance class. I jumped, hopped, swayed and turned throughout my childhood in tap, ballet and jazz. I was even on the high school dance team and competed. I loved to dance and always will. But unfortunately my dancing came at a price. I wrecked my neck at age 13 and could hardly sit up straight in my desk at school. Years and years of therapy and chronic pain has significantly impacted my life. But I’ve never let it stop me.
Despite the pain, I’ve climbed mountains, traveled the world, learned to surf, ran a marathon, skied the Alps and embraced my life to the fullest. I’ve learned that although I can no longer practice my love of dance I can still dance through life. While my vitality, energy, and passion for life are a huge part of who I am, so is my pain. It is something that is always present. Always difficult. Yet I have a choice. To let it stop me in my tracks or to dance through life. I prefer to dance.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow”. – Helen Keller