This was originally posted on May 13th, 2018 at Original Path. Relationships often form out of necessity and chance. My love for ballet was a complete accident and would have never developed if anything about my discovery of it had been different. There were and still are so many obstacles for me to overcome as a dancer, but it is easy to greet them with confidence after two years of watching myself grow after jumping over a hurdle. I needed ballet to push me to see those opportunities in a positive light. Until I started dancing, I thought school was doing something similar - showing me what I was capable of and asking me to push past it. After I experienced true joy in my work, I saw how poisonous my education had been.