Life is so crazy.
My last post was all about not wishing for what life could have been and instead pursuing what life can be. That is essential to living a contented life.
However, sometimes when we sift through our lives and remember something that brought us great joy it may be necessary to take a closer look. Perhaps we would be a little happier if we brought those hobbies, talents or interests back into our lives.
We all have that one thing that we’re incredibly passionate about. You might get butterflies listening to beautiful music or watching a musician play their instrument. Or you may get goosebumps as you observe a beautiful work of art. That physical and emotional response is passion.
Whatever moves you, bring more of it into your life.
It turns out there is something from my past that I do need to bring back.
If you haven’t already guessed, my passion is dance. When I watch a dance performance my muscles tense as if I was doing the moves. I get goosebumps, butterflies, and my mind drops every other thought.
It has become clear to me that my longing for dance is not just a feeling of wanting to return to the past. I have determined I need to make it a part of my life now and probably for as long as I exist.
When I say dance I don’t mean the random dancing I do in my kitchen, living room, bathroom, shower, or at any event that has music. I mean I am going to officially get back into those shoes and redevelop my technique.
I’m going to make this official by creating a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
If you haven’t heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, they are the perfect way to ensure you set the right goal and actually succeed!
I’ll use my goal as an example.
S - Specific. The who, what, where, when, why.
Who - Me!
What - I will make dance an integral part of my life.
Where - I will begin on my beautiful new wood floors with the intent to begin formal classes in January.
When - Today. I will begin barre work today!
Why - Why not! I love dance. I miss it. I think about it a lot. It needs to be part of my life in order for me to truly feel fulfilled and content.
M - Measurable. How will I know I have accomplished this goal?
I will be able to dance with strength and technique at least twice a week whether in a studio or at home.
A - Attainable. How can this goal be accomplished?
I can do this because I know I want it and need it. I have already failed by letting dance fall out of my life. I can only succeed at this point. To be more technical, I can accomplish this goal because with 18 years of experience I know what I’m doing when it comes to developing (or redeveloping) strength, technique, and grace.
R - Relevant. Is this goal worthwhile, is it the right time?
There is no time like now for this goal. This is the time because I know I have this moment. No one knows how many moments they have left so it is best to start now.
T - Timely. What is the time frame?
Time frames are absolutely necessary when it comes to goals. For this goal I have determined that one year from now I will easily dance on pointe again without risk of serious injury from weak ankles and poor technique. Pointe was my favorite part of dance, it was my deepest passion. That is what I will do again - though not to the extent that I did when I was in my late teens.
Each week I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to. I’ll let you in on my struggles and successes. It’s going to be a hard journey but I’m ready. I can do this even if part of me says don’t bother. I will push forward and dance again!
Have you unearthed a buried passion? How will you bring more of it into your life? Share in the comments section below.