For those who do not know, Ms. Disney is my best friend. She has watched my children since 2009. Next to me and my husband, Ms. Disney is my children’s primary care giver. She is kind, patient, silly and beautiful. Yes, Ms. Disney, you are beautiful. Sometimes I look at her and I wonder if she knows how beautiful she really is. Those blue eyes. So striking; and her smile. Very wide and sincere. Makes my heart sing to hear her laugh. I met her so many years ago and she was so innocent. She was fresh out of dental school and nearly married. Ms. Disney had a year of work under her belt and came to the abrupt realization that she may not be able to physically maintain a full-time dental hygienist job. Ms. Disney then found me and my family. I bless the day you took my phone call; and then took my follow-up phone call. Ever since, we have been best friends. We do fight like sisters. You don’t have any, but I know. I know what we do is totally natural. If I love someone, truly love someone, I am going to fight with them. Why? Because I am strong enough to be myself in front of them, and if so, I will eventually butt heads with them. We fight and then we make up. We learn and we grow. That is what me and Ms. Disney do; just like my sisters, my family and my husband. I hope she knows that. If not, she does now.
Ms. Disney has changed so much since I met her; she is so strong and confident now. Ms. Disney is exactly the person I knew she would become. I am so proud of her and her accomplishments. I love her husband and her family and I know that they will all continue to prosper for years to come.
ANYWHO (enough with the gushy stuff), I wanted to send a little “well wish” to Ms. Disney. Ms. Disney is training for a 1/2 marathon and is having trouble with her calf muscle. She has bought new shoes, switched up her training schedule and is still having pain when she runs. So, as a former runner, I am now coming to her (publicly) to announce my encouragement. Here it goes.
Ms. Disney: Running is no different from dance…..Well, in some respects. I started running when I was 19 years old. Before that – I did nothing athletically. I started working out because I felt fat. I felt fat because I went to a popular college and there was an abundance of blonde, skinny, young folk that attended there. I felt out-of-place; insecure. So, I decided to take control of my situation and get physically fit. I will never forget the first mile I ran (without stopping) on a treadmill. I was so proud of myself I couldn’t wait to tell my boyfriend (who is now my husband) my great accomplishment. I knew than that moment was monumental in my life. Scouts honor. I knew right then I would never forget running that mile and I never had. Fast forward 15 years and many, many more miles and I have run a full marathon and many 1/2 marathons. I can run up to six without pain or anxiety. Regardless of my training I can run. Why? Because I have been conditioned to run.
Why am I talking about this? Ms. Disney, I want you to understand that learning ballet is no different then learning how to run long distances. You have to train your body to sustain a movement for long periods at a time. This doesn’t happen over night. Your body needs to have the opportunity to build the muscle necessary to run long distances. This concept is similar in my desire to learn classical ballet – I am never going to have a perfect turn out (nor probably ever will) or ungodly flexibility without some patience and hard work! I need to keep practicing day-in and day-out, just like I did with running. Eventually, I will be the dancer I dream I can be. EVENTUALLY, Ms. Disney will be the runner she desires to be . “All good things come to those who wait.” Me and Ms. Disney are in a similar situation and never knew it. How cool is that.
This whole situation is really beneficial for my psyche in the end. I never realized that “running” was something I was actually good at and could help others to realize (and more importantly) it helped me put my progress in ballet into perspective. I need to be patient. I didn’t learn how to run 26 miles overnight, so why should I expect any different about ballet. More importantly. if I can learn to run 26 miles (which is not an easy task, mind you), than maybe I CAN become a good dancer someday. Maybe I can be confident to dance on a stage as much as I am confident to run on a road with other people in a 1/2 marathon. I just have to stick with my training and know that (eventually) everything will fall into place.
Ms. Disney – You will reach your goals. Take your time, listen to your body and you will not go wrong. If anything – LISTEN TO ME! I will never steer you wrong!!! Why?…..Because I love you and I believe in you.
Good night. 🙂