In the past few weeks or so, there’s been a recurring issue many of my friends have worked into their conversations – balance. Whether its lack of it, an abundance of it, or an inability to find it, it’s been plaguing everyone I know. Then I ran across this awesome post on Freshly Pressed from the Truth & Cake blog (really good blog, btw). A sign if there ever was one, eh? Before clicking on “Continue reading”, I suggest you read the “What Did you Give Up, To Get What You Got?” post just so you understand where I’m coming from.
Starting off, you must know that my zodiac sign is Libra, the scales. Some of you don’t necessarily subscribe to the belief that the stars and the day of your birthday contribute to your character traits, but I think that in some small way your star sign reveals lots of interesting things about you. As a member of the élite society of Librans, we strive to find a happy medium in all things. We hate conflict (as it’s unbalanced), unfairness (as it’s unbalanced), and anger (again…as it’s unbalanced). We weigh everything out until we find the best solution and are really prone to indecisiveness. Most of that applies to me, but looking at my life from the outside in, one may very well see a very different story.
Here’s a typical week in my life:
Monday: Ballet Class AM, Studio Teaching PM
Tuesday: Ballet Class AM, Gym, Studio Teaching, Modern class, Company rehearsal PM
Wednesday: Class (usually) AM, Studio Teaching PM
Thursday: Company reh AM, Studio teaching PM
Friday: Class (maybe) AM, Studio teaching PM
Saturday: Studio reh & teaching AM & PM
Sunday: Company class & reh AM into PM, Studio reh PM
How’s that for balance? Many would wonder how I keep all this up, I sometimes ponder it myself. I dance nearly every day of the week, for multiple hours at that. This isn’t an hour here, 30 minutes there kind of work. It’s long stretches of movement or instruction and when I get home and my body hits the bed, I’m out like a light. Did you notice what you don’t see in that schedule? Friends? Dating? Leisure? Strolls in the park? Getting vodka wasted at the club (that’s never gonna happen anyway…)? I present that not to say that I don’t take part in these things; I dance with a lot of my friends or get to chill outside dance with them maybe once a week, but to show a bit of what I’ve given up, to get what I’ve got. I haven’t been in a relationship in forever, but as you see from the blog, Facebook page, past & upcoming choreography demos, I stay on this career grind. I haven’t shut down the club in ages, but I stay setting choreography for club artists and performers.
On the other hand, I know many others whose schedule reads as an exercise in balance. They make time for leisure, love, and lying down for a good night’s sleep. All things are in their own place, in their own time, and they are just as successful as I am. The difference I find is that our ideas of balance are different. I eat, sleep, and breathe dance and choreography; it’s my balance. Another friend may also, but not at the same level as myself, it’s all relative.
Referring back to the Truth and Cake blog post, I may have given up love and children now to attain money, friendship, and personal fulfillment in my career, but those are my priorities in this present moment. For now, I’m okay with that. I do feel like it may change in the future, when it’s does, expect a new post about it. Until that happens, I’ll continue pounding the pavement, and the studio floor, and the performance stage. I’m more concerned with my balance in that triple turn anyway.
what’s your thought on the subject? are you balanced perfectly? or perfectly unbalanced?