Finding Your Center

In dance, there is a concept of finding your center. It sounds very ~spiritual~ and kind of bullshit if you take it at face value, but it actually means a lot of sense in terms of physics. There are few concepts in ballet that are as strong as your balance. Being able to balance in your rotation, on the ball of your foot, and then eventually en pointe. Finding your center or your core allows your body to be in proper alignment without much effort.

The idea of finding your center has come to mean a lot more to me than strong abdominal muscles. When I take a break from ballet, like I had done for a few months prior, I find it incredibly difficult to get back into the swing of things. I usually say it’s a 2:1 ratio for getting my strength back. That is, if I take a one week break, it takes me two weeks to get back to where I was before I rested.

Since moving to Montreal, I’ve been going through a rough patch. Unlike friends of mine that stayed in their home country after graduating high school, I’m experiencing quite a bit of culture shock. Although I’ve lived in Canada before, I was never under the same circumstances as I am now.

Now, I don’t know when I’ll go home. I don’t know when I’ll see my parents or my friends or my little sister. The currency is different, the lifestyle is different, the food is different, everything is different! Most of it in a good way though. There is a lot more to do here. Such as tonight, for example, I’m going down to le Quartier des Spectacles to see some street art.

I’m slowly finding my center, but I haven’t been giving myself enough time or space to do so. I continue to push myself to be healthy and push myself to figure it all out faster than anyone else does. I’m my own worst enemy right now.

For many people, this time of year is a very transitional state. Whether you’re in college and facing upcoming midterms, in work and nearing the end of your quarter, or going through something that you hoped you wouldn’t have to brave during winter, give yourself a little more time than you expect to get your bearings and land on your feet.



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