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 -Anne Lamott

 

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I offer it here because telling stories is the road back home.

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Thursday
Nov292012

The things that make you come alive

Watching "So You Think You Can Dance" has reignited my belief in the creative process.

 

The show is full of such generosity; when praise is due, the judges don't hold back; the collaboration between choreographers and dancers is creative alchemy; the best dancers aren't just good at their craft, or possessing a certain look, they tell a beautiful story and they go on a beautiful, personal journey.  

There is a sense that everyone involved humbly serves the art rather than exalting the ego.

It's not as much about what they have to prove, but what they are honored to give.

 

I love dramatic interpretation through movement; I love the music; I love when the judges cry, or honor the courage it takes to get up on stage all by your lonesome and dance your little heart out...watching all of these things has grounded me back into the creative process. It's reminded me of why I spent years dancing and singing and interpreting stories and imbuing characters with life.

It's helped reawaken my desire to be part of something artistic and collaborative and transcendant.

 

Watching SYTYCD has been healing and grounding, and I think it's really important not to underestimate the simple things that remind us of who we are.

 

Maybe it's a certain pair of shoes that just makes you feel like YOU.

Or a song that you sing everytime like you're on a stage with thousands of fans.

Or maybe it's walking into a coffee shop and ordering a dirty chai because you like being able to call something DIRTY early in the morning with your kids by your side.

These are beautiful things. The simple pleasures of life.  

Lifelines to yoke yourself to yourself.

 

SYTYCD has been a lifeline for me the last couple months; it's helped me get through some of my depression. It's reminded me of the spark.

It's reconnected me with the kind of collaborative art I want to make: movement-based, highly stylized, generously collaborative, gut-wrenching, life-changing. 


Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

-Howard Thurman

 

Never underestimate or discount the things that make you come alive.

If it makes you come alive, it is good. 

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