There is a dancer. She flits, she flees, she races across the floor. She is a fury. A whirlwind of beauty and body parts. She races, she crescendoes, she moves the heart with her movement. Then she falls. The audience rise. A gasp goes around. A silence as the music races on but she has stopped following. The audience see her head bow. Her gather herself. They see a flash of angry disappointment in herself. Then, as if it never happened, she is again dancing. Again racing across the stage, a fury.
What happened? She fell, yes. But what happened inside her? She lost her focus, then her footing. Her mind wandered to something dark and it happened. She imagined the fall, and it happened.
Life is so like dancing. We are on a high, furiously creating what we want, becoming happier, then we imagine the worst. A dark spot gathers, a spot in our life where we imagine everything to crumble. Before we know it, we begin a series of events that lead to a fall, just by thinking it. We curl, or we lay prostrate, hurting, so very badly. Thinking we are unworthy. Thinking we should stay down. All we have achieved is lost in that moment. All that we worked so hard for. All the happy times fade from memory. All we can know in that moment is disappointment, despair. We thought we could stay up, forever. We thought we had found the golden ticket, the magic wand, the unicorn. Nirvana was at our doorstep. Our hearts sink and spirits sink further. There is no way but down. We are convinced a spiralling tornado is on its way, that all will be lost.
In that moment, there is a choice. We know we can choose to identify with our pain, to stay down, to walk off the stage of life, backstage, and lament. We know we can also get up and keep going, like a dancer committed to her craft. She is resolute. She is distractionless. She knows her aim. She is up again, creating what she loves.
Inspired by this beautiful duet filmed on the New York 4 World Trade Centre, called New Beginnings, created as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit despite adversity.