I don’t want another dream to pass me by

Growing up, there was probably a second in your life where you gave up something you liked. A sport, a hobby, something you did when you weren’t in school. Dance was a big part of my life when I was younger. I loved ballet. I took classes for quite a few years. I snuck in a little tap dancing until I think I drove my parents crazy, stomping in those loud shoes across our hard wood floor. Finally, I ended up in modern dance, which was truly my favorite type.

 I did something horrible. I gave it up. I wish I hadn’t and all it took was a single second—one little bitty action to turn me around and never want to go back. What was it? A teacher tore me down. She made fun of me in front of everyone, my dance friends and their parents. Yes, I was overweight. Yes, the second involved a loud comment about my fat stomach. We were rehearsing for a recital and everyone heard her. I couldn’t face going back to lessons ever again.

Sometimes we give up the fight before it has a chance to really start; and sometimes, with a little help from a strong mentor or a friend, when moments like mine come along where we are thrown out there, and humiliated, we can actually take a breath. We can wonder why. And hopefully we can get back up and shake it off.

Last night I watched the grand finale of So You Think You Can Dance. They showed snippets of auditions from the beginning of the show. They shared the back-stories of talented people who had risen above the odds and made it with a ticket in hand to go the next step. Two people brought tears to my eyes. They came from difficult situations, far worse than mine. They inspired me. Their stories made me believe we really can do anything no matter where we come from. No matter what odds we face, with the help of others, we can rise above—even if it’s just for a little while.

So I guess, I’m reflecting on how we’re given a certain hand of cards in our lives. Some people have it worse than others. No matter what, we are also given hope. One of the judges even said something like, “You make me want to be the better person inside, I know I am.”

In our moments when we feel down there is always a chance to seize it, get off the ground, dust ourselves off and stare our dreams in the face. I don’t want another dream to pass me by and I really think, if we believe, we can find our dreams—at least for a little while.


Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
Napoleon Bonaparte

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on September 20, 2012, in adversity, cloud, cloud 9, cloud nine, dance, don't give up, Erika Beebe, have faith, hope, inspire, rising above life, strong mentors. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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