One of the best things about being an adult ballet student is that no matter what life throws at you, ballet is a constant. Not in the sense that we go to class no matter what but that no matter what, there is always more ballet to be had somewhere, sometime, even if not right now. Ballet can be a life long pursuit, there is always something new to learn, some new teacher, some new class, some new performance to see, some new ballet friends to make… there is always something and it’s waiting, just around the bend, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week.
Right now I’m dealing with an eventuality of life… I’m going to be losing a pet. My much loved black labrador retriever, Atticus, has inoperable cancer. I’m heartbroken completely heartbroken. I’ve had him since he was not much more than a puppy. He is my companion, my pal, my baby. I love him so much. How many Saturday afternoons have we enjoyed a nap on the living room sofa listening to classical music after a snack of pretzel chips and brie? Not enough as it turns out. However much time we have left, it will not be enough. Our time together is precious, it is always so when time is limited. Ballet can wait.
Sometimes ballet is challenging, sometimes it is inspiring, sometimes it can even be comforting. I’ll need it down the line. And it is good to know that ballet will be there when I’m ready. I’ll see you later, my dear friend, be kind to me when I need it, please.