Why I Write

Why I Write

My parallels between dancing and writing.

Writing and dance both fall under the same category for me, emotional stability and a creative drive. The subtle movements of my body resemble the subtle movements of my pencil across paper – precise yet widely interpretable.

The reasons why I dance and why I write are quite similar. They are the two things that allow me to rule out everything happening in my life, something I like to refer to as my safe haven. They both allow me to focus on the task at hand, and not have to think about what will happen after, or what happened before. Everything is in the moment. When I am writing, I experience an adrenaline through my veins, one similar to what it feels like to be on stage.

The emotional connection I have with dance is one like no other. I am able to display my stories, emotions and thoughts through intricate movements – and when I feel that dance is not letting my story reach its full potential, I always have writing to fall back on. These two passions fall hand in hand, and I could not be more thankful.

These two creative parallel passions allow me to step further out of my comfort zone with every step, and every word – both displaying such large portions of personal development.

This is why I write.

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After everything life has put you through, you have still remained soft.

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You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

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Everyone (especially college students) put so much pressure on "finding themselves," but how does that work?


Every self-help and lifestyle book I've come across has had a section or anecdote about finding oneself. I think finding yourself is a false state of searching for who you want to be and never being content with who you are. It is normal to want to "find yourself" in the sense of what hobbies you're good at, your favorite music genre and other trivial things that most people use to define who they are. But truly finding yourself will never happen, not because you will never be content with who you are or never feeling secure with your being but because one solitary state of who you want to be will never exist.

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Instead of trying to find a list of things to define you, I suggest focusing on bettering the version of you that you are today. The way you act today will bring you to the ideal you have in your head of who you want to be. You have to make the effort to be the best possible version of yourself and your true self will show through that. The way you handle the situations life throws at you and how you go about your day reveal your true self.

There is no searching to do, you already have it. You just have to bring it out by focusing on your goals for now and doing what you think is best for your current state of being.

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