Sometimes your daily practice gets sidelined. Perhaps you’ve been sick. Maybe you’ve done a different practice, such as attended a dance intensive workshop. Perhaps you’ve created and performed a show about the history of your dance. Any of these would be a good reason for temporarily letting go of your regular daily practice. In my case, the last 6 weeks have been filled with all of these things. But now, it’s time to get back on. The excuses are many: I’m still sick. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a movie. I even had to go to a visitation last night.
But then you reach a point where you just need to jump and grab on. I did my drills tonight for the first time in a while. I walked my dogs for a little light cardio. (I will still play the sick card here. Respiratory illness and asthma don’t play well with serious cardio.) I’m stretching as I type. I have two dance classes and one barre scheduled for the upcoming week. I’m working to schedule a rehearsal for Smiling Lune, and hopefully a second barre class as my regular one is cancelled over Monday’s holiday. I also need to schedule time to choreograph.
And just like that, I’m back and holding on tight. Because it’s my practice, and I’m an adult. No one will tie me to the wagon. It’s my choice to hold tight or let it go. But what a ride if I stay!