Friday, September 28, 2012

Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Red Shoes

My local library has a great online lending library - you can download select titles to your iPad/Kindle/eReader for free as long as you have an active library card. I was browsing the titles the other day, when I came upon this book, Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You.

Now I fully realize it's a young adult title, but as I have magpie tendencies where ballet is concerned, I downloaded it and started reading. While the prose is simplistic at best and predictable at worst, there are a few good messages worth repeating.

  1. Not everyone has a ballet body, but that doesn't mean you can't, and shouldn't, dance. Celebrate who you are and your lines (and curves) because they make you, YOU.
  2. You've got to fight for what you believe in. I once had a teacher who said the key to happiness is to find out what your passionate about, and make that your "life" career. What gives you that "fire in your belly," as she used to call it? Once you've found your passion, stand up for it, and learn how to communicate with those who think differently than you.
  3. It's easy to get caught up in the moment. Not to the extent of wearing red shoes that try to entice you to your death, but sometimes we can get so emotionally invested in something that we fail to see reason. Working out 20 times a week may seem like a great idea, and you may love it, but are you doing more harm than good? Take a step back, take a breather, and get some perspective.

The amazing thing about reading a young adult novel is that you see they aren't so different from us - even in our thirties we have the same hang-ups, the same challenges, and the same inner struggles.....just with a much better wardrobe.

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