I hate to admit it, being a wellness practitioner and all, but I have never been all that into exercise. (Anyone who knows me well is nodding and smiling right now.) I know! It’s terrible. I don’t like to run or swim or lift weights or play sports. Ugh, sports.
But, to quote SJP in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, “I love to dance.” (Who’s seen that movie? Great scene.)
Yesterday, my mom found my old ballet shoes from when my number one dream was to advance to dancing en pointe. (My other dream was to grow my hair past the middle of my back. Dream big, right?)
The lambs wool I used to wrap my toes peeked out, still stuffed in the box toe. I inspected the hand-stitching of the satin and elastic straps — had I sewn them on, or had my mom? The iconic pale pink material scuffed off the toes, revealing the paper mache structure.
I cannot tell you how much I LOVED these shoes! Even more than the act of dancing, I loved that these shoes symbolized my dreams coming true. I remember tying the satin ribbon straps together and hanging them on my closet handle so I could look at them every day and think to myself, “I did it!”
This year, at 32, I started dancing again and it feels great. Although my body is older and tighter, my turnout sucks, and you couldn’t pay me to dance en pointe again (ouch!), ballet still brings as much joy into my life as it did when I was 13. Maybe more so because I am even more appreciative of my healthy body, the beauty of the movements, the poetry of the french names that describe the dance.
Doing something you love, no matter how silly it may feel at first, positively affects your health in so many ways. Not only does ballet get my blood pumping and strengthens my muscles, it relieves stress and nurtures the little girl in me that loved ballet with all her heart. Now I make my ballet classes non-negotiable and I am always glad I did.
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I’m off to work on my turnout. 😀
Photo: My old pointe shoes!