A 22-year-old Ballerina?


I’ve always promised myself I wouldn’t be one of those people who lived a life of “what-ifs”. That promise is easy to make and hard to follow through with, especially the older I get.

I am all about chasing your dreams, shooting for the stars, trying new things.. you know all that cliché stuff we always say and never follow-up with (I’m not pointing fingers, I’m guilty too).

I’ve been trying to make an honest effort to be someone who practices what they preach and so, most recently I took on the challenge of trying something I have always wanted to do since high school: ballet.

First of all, I completely skipped out on the first day of class. I made an excuse ’cause I’m a pansy, duh. Even with my boyfriend pushing, I stubbornly put the first week of class off.

Second week rolls around and I convinced myself to give it a shot. Okay, fine, my boyfriend made me go. So, I put on some shorts, a tshirt, and made myself head to the dance studio. I didn’t have ballet shoes, tights, or anything. I thought for sure I was going to get kicked out!

I walked into the dance studio to see little girls in tutus, tights, and cute little ballet shoes. I sat on the bench and watched middle school and high school girls prance around confidently in their little outfits as I began to wish I wore a larger t-shirt.

And then, it was my turn to dance. I went into the studio with three other girls around my age and met my instructor, John. I started out so nervous. John came over to me at one point and said breathe. I ended up laughing at myself. Why was I so nervous? At that moment I began to relax and I realized the other girls in the class weren’t taking themselves seriously at all. My first class ended with movement across the floor and a room full of laughter. I walked away from the dance floor, but wanted to stay and play longer. My instructor was hilarious and so were my new dance friends!

I am in my sixth week of classes and I am hooked! I have made awesome new friends and am rather proud of myself.

I guess my point is you’re never too old to try something new. Don’t miss out! Life is too unpredictable to keep putting off your bucket list. Act now.


One Reply to “A 22-year-old Ballerina?”

  1. This is so inspiring! I’m a junior in high school and I have been wanting to dance since I was a freshman but always convinced myself it was too late to start dancing too! I think I might sign up for dance classes now!

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