The decision to change is never easy, especially when that change alters the course of your life. I hope that this post encourages athletes to do the right thing for their mind and body.
I feel compelled to write this post today because I will celebrate with my former dance company our successful show that we performed in September. When I woke this morning, I had a surge of thoughts and emotions about my career.
I realize I hit a milestone with my recent resignation from the contemporary company I have been dancing with for the last 11 plus years. I struggle to keep my body uninjured and in top shape for dance. As my body seems to fall apart at times, over the course of many years, I have contemplated how much longer I could continue.
The one thing people may not realize is that I worked for a small non-forprofit company. In other words, I could not support myself by dancing. My first love, dance, was a side job and like the rest of my dancing friends we have “day jobs.”
As dancers, we live three different lives during our day: families, work and rehearse/perform. Kudos to my friends that have children!
Well, like many other things in my life, I knew it was the time for me to stop dancing in a company setting. How did I know? When I emailed my resignation, I felt relieved that I was finally listening to my mind and body.
What is next?
I will continue to dance, projects and activities that speak to me in a chill, relaxed setting. Relaxed way. I plan to fit in, during my down times, dance classes and maybe work on creating my own work too! It is exciting to think about creating new work.
Also, I am going to concentrate on working on my aging mind and body. The best part is I will write about my experiences, and try to help other athletes that are struggling with aging too.
Any of my life changes, like the decision to leave my dance company, are difficult. However, knowing the new experience will be a significant challenge, reorganizing my routine, I realize I am ready for the next journey in my life.