Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.
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)
Welcome to a brand new year! It’s the first few minutes of 2018 and I’m cuddling my 80-pound labrador retriever and watching a DVD of the Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. There is a heck of a lot of noise going on outside, fireworks and happy hollering. It’s fine for those folks and I wish them well but Fred, my black lab, is just not having it and wants his mommy. Carboy is down with a Christmas cold so I’m just glad that coughing isn’t keeping him up; it will still be the first day of the new year tomorrow when he wakes up. I’m just sitting here thinking about how very blessed I am and have been this year. There have been quite a lot of things that I didn’t get to do – like restarting ballet classes – and lots of things that I relished – amazing travel and dance and meeting awesome people. I’ve learned a lot this year and made some great strides in my life. I’ve been pushed into making some decisions that will affect 2018 and I’ve made some very determined decisions about other things that will also mold the coming year. Overall, I’m overcome with a great feeling of hope and if there was one thing that I could share with you today on this first page of 2018 it would be just that, a great hope for the days to come and a passion for discovering and celebrating joy in every one of those days.