You know that place that isn’t where you live but you spend almost all of your time? I call that a second home. For the last eight years mine has been Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City. I spent around 4 hours or more a day six days a week there. This was where I felt safe, where I could escape reality for awhile and just focus on dancing, and where I felt like I had another family. Some of my favorite memories come from TAC and the experiences I had there.
Then high school graduation came and I had a really tough decision to make. Do I keep dancing even though most people leave after graduating or do I take some time off? This was a decision I had been dreading ever since senior year started. I was in a unique situation. Most people who graduate from the arts center leave because they are going away for college or are pursuing dance as a career. For me I was staying in the area but I also wasn’t considering dance as my career plan. It was my passion and something I loved but I never really saw it as something I could make a living from. Then my last show came around and I had a decision to make.
I finally decided that it was time to take a break. I have a reoccurring knee injury and thought that taking a break from dance might help that out a bit. Sometimes I really regret the decision I made. When I went to see TAC’s Christmas program I definitely shed a few tears and it felt extremely weird not being a part of it. Do I think I made the right decision? I don’t really know. I definitely have more free time now and I was able to get a job and really focus on my studies, but I think I’ll always miss dancing and performing.
What keeps me positive is knowing this is all in God’s plan for me. He wanted me to do dance for eight years and I gained so much from it, but right now taking a break is all a part of this plan. Trinity Arts Center will always be my second home and I will always have a special place in my heart for dancing. I still twirl and turn down grocery store isles and find myself standing in first position mindlessly.The things that you are passionate about are always a part of you. Who knows maybe dancing again is a part of my journey but as for right now I am enjoying the memories.
Hope you have had a great week!