Let Love Lead the Way

Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.

~Richard Feynman

I’m not a physicist but I loved the to the hilt, jazzy way that Dr. Feynman approached the discipline both as a student and as a professor. If you aren’t familiar with Richard Feynman, I highly suggest you google his name and take a look. One of the finest minds in physics, Dr. Feynman was a professor at CalTech and just a guy who loved physics, I mean really loved it. I like to think that it’s the way that I approach my discipline – both as a lifelong student and as a professor – and I’d like to think it’s the way that I approach being an adult student of dance. I’m not going to figure out all the answers and maybe there are no answers or maybe every dancer’s got their own answers and no two will be exactly alike. But I’ve got to fall in love with something and then do it, fall in love with ballet, fall in love with moving to the music, fall in love with ballet class, fall in love with it all over again. I don’t think I fell out of love with ballet but I think that in this case absence did not make the heart grow fonder and some recent experiences that weren’t so great didn’t help. But I think Dr. Feynman’s words apply, let love lead the way, allow love to cover hurts and harms, look beyond the annoyances and let love fill in the all the spaces instead, fall deeply in love and dancing will follow.


Dr. Richard Feynman at CalTech (photo care of CalTech Archives)



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