We are pleased to feature Julio Fuentes as this weeks guest blogger.
Julio will be joining Danielle Gardner, Charlene Hart, Jonathan Arsenault, Ivivva Athletica and Hari Om Yoga at IMPACT Dance Productions Dance workshop coming up on Aug 18th 2013 .
To find out more about the workshop please visit : http://www.daniellelgardner.com and hit “WORKSHOP”
Pursue The Process…
…not the glory (or the destination).
Why do we get so caught up with the end product? I am especially guilty of this, being a perfectionist. I always need for things to look a certain way, to be “perfect” so to speak… but in doing that, I neglect the process; the means through which I get where I need to be. When I need to make a change, I expect it to happen with one quick yank of the steering wheel rather than slowing down and making the u-turn. Needless to say, I have expected the same thing from other people.
This is also quite evident in a lot of dancers I know… but before I proceed, let me preface this with saying that, once again, this is not accusatory. This is simply an observation. Every dancer wants to be better… but once they realize what that involves, a lot of them shy away or give up. You can’t have your “status” without all the work that comes before it. I see dancers as swords… their bodies are their weapons. How does a sword become sharp and refined? It has to go through the fire and beaten over and over again… THAT is the process that we put ourselves through. And as difficult as it can get, there is such beauty in it. Pure gold emerges only after fire.
And even then…
You dance and you dance and you dance… your body starts to get dull. Guess what? You go through the fire again. There never really is a point at which you stop. There is always something to learn, something new to experience. THAT is the beauty of the process: it never ends. And if we go through it with joy, a healthy state of mind, and a heck of a lot of humility… we start to see the purpose in the process. We stop holding onto this rigid and absolute “end product” that we have in our heads and start freeing ourselves to go through the process and grow… not just as dancers or artists, but as human beings.
I learned this the hard way, and I’m still learning…
…and I’m grateful for it.
By Julio Fuentes
Blog made possible by Danielle Gardner, Julio Fuentes and IMPACT Dance Productions