Wednesday, October 3, 2012

31 Days of Story {Day 3} Always Dance

I used to stare at this poster every day for years from the time I was two years old.

Maybe not this EXACT poster.
But I had a dream.
One day.
To be.
A prima ballerina.

I could see myself on a big stage, dancing the Nutcracker or wearing some beautiful faire costume, bowing to the applause of the audience, with flowers showering the stage from the fans shouting their wild approval.

No one in my family had ever danced formally, in any sense of the word, so the dream obviously came from somewhere deeper, somewhere from the heart of One who had a deep-rooted plan, One who deposited the heart of an artist into my inner being.

At the age of four, I would have an opportunity to study ballet under French tutelege, but my sensitive soul shrank at the intensity that IS the French way of instruction and I begged to withdraw.

I have often asked my mom why she did not just push me to do it anyway, cause surely I would have gotten over it eventually once I was famous, right?!

She just smiles and shakes her head.

Thirty years later, I am finally learning to give the artist in me her rightful place and name. She never disappeared completely, but often provided merely a small, supportive role on the screenplay of my life -- through music, through drama, eventually through dance, and now through writing and photography.

I remember that freckle-faced, little girl.
And her unabashed confidence in the outcome of her dreams.

I embrace what that two year old already knew -- an artistic soul cannot be denied,
I welcome the wisdom from the mother of that four year old - an artistic soul needs space to breathe.

{Deep breath}
One. two. three.
And. one. two. three.

Let the dreamer dream.
Set the artist free.
May you always dance.

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Charissa Steyn said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful and inspiring...i too always wanted to be a ballerina!!thanks for the reminder that the artist in me is still ALIVE!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, Char! Yes! Set her free to breathe and to sing and of course, to dance!!

StefanieYoungBrown said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so inspirational!! I always leave here smiling, happy, thankful...

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, friend! Thank you...those words are true gifts!

StefanieYoungBrown said... Best Blogger Tips

You're welcome!

Annie | said... Best Blogger Tips

"Let the dreamer dream.

Set the artist free.

May you always dance."
Love this.

odile said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely post

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