Listen to Your Soul

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I remember when I was taking a huge decision in my life to move abroad and enrol into a bachelor degree in dance (and this is after holding a Master degree in Finances), my dad expressed his concern, and those words stuck in my head, even now. He said that he was worried if a dance career was really for me, because he never noticed my desire to dance every single day, and to him I didn’t seem to be a person who really wanted to be in the arts 24/7, and to do it as a profession, not just a hobby.

It’s true. I don’t feel like dancing all the time. In fact, I rarely enjoy dancing at parties just for the sake of partying, and even in training or performing life I don’t always feel super excited to do it from day to day. 👉I enjoy and value stillness and silence, as much as movement and music.

Does all of this define me as a dancer? Does it mean that a dance career is not suitable for me? Does it mean I can’t be a successful dancer? No, I don’t think so. You would ask: why? Because even with everything said above, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else rather than dance. Not because I can’t, or don’t have other knowledge or skills, but because I sincerely don’t want to.

There are many stereotypical expectations regarding any profession, and how it is supposed to be. Concerns from people around you are understandable. They care and want to protect and support you. But this life is yours, and the choice is up to you. Each person will have their own journey, so stop comparing yourself to others, and even when you face those down moments, just close your eyes, listen to your soul, and remember why you chose to do it.

What does your soul tell you to do?

Author: Iana Komarnytska
Photographer: Pedro Bonatto

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