Last night was my first performance after my sprained ankle injury. The last few weeks have been a struggle, to say the least. I have finally quit my full time “real world” retail job in order to pursue dance 100%. Sadly, my injury came shortly after I sent in my resignation. God has quite a sense of humor, if you didn’t know that already. My recovery period has been one of the hardest, yet reflective times I’ve ever had. If I don’t dance for a week, friends tell me that I get irritable, emotionally unstable, scatter brained, stressed, and sometimes, just plain mean (although many would argue that I’m a bit mean regardless of how active my dance life is). That’s why this 3 weeks of going to rehearsals just to sit and watch everyone else prepare for our Niagara Falls Tour and learning new routines, not wanting to leave my Harlem apartment because it hurts to walk, and wasting time in bed when I could be in a dance class has been so difficult. All this aside, I have learned how I took things, like simple movement, for granted, let alone the ability to reach someones heart through beautiful choreography and performance. It was a type of mental reset. I remembered why I came to New York in the first place. I rediscovered the stories that revealed my love for dance. I began to appreciate the work of others in a different light. I again found the importance of taking even a basic ballet class. I remembered that there are many that can walk, so when I have the opportunity to fly, I should relish that moment with my entire soul. I’m still in the recovery process and I probably will continue to be for quite some time. At least I now understand why I had to go through this. It’s exactly what I need to start this new journey of complete and undaunted dedication to the dream I have worked so long and hard to achieve. I have had a safety net for years. Passing up good gigs and tours just to keep the stability of a biweekly paycheck. Now that safety net is gone and I know it will be a struggle, but I couldn’t be more excited. I am one of the few who have actually found their calling in life and now I’m finally unafraid to answer it. I’m not sure where it will take me, but I know that as long as I am lead by honesty, love and God, there is no way that I can go down the wrong path. Now, ….. LET’S GET TO WORK!!!