DAY FOUR – Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2012?
I have a feeling that this is going to sound like a total broken record by the end of this, but in all honesty ballroom dancing has healed me this year.
I was feeling a little stressed out this semester. Though it was only my second year as a Ph.D. student, it was my fourth year in the program, and I was starting to get a little sick and tired of the nonstop work. Throw in the fact that some of my best friends in the program were going on the job market and writing their dissertations, and you come up with a Rowena that is not a happy camper.
Cue in…ballroom dancing. Thanks to a recommendation by a friend, I decided to start attending free ballroom classes held by Ballroom at Maryland this semester. I’ve always admired the dancers on Dancing with the Stars and thought it could be a fun new hobby.
Well little did I know that I would absolutely fall in love with ballroom…to the point where I was practically dancing almost 7 days a week and traveling around to compete.
How did ballroom heal me? Well it certainly helped with the stress situation. What I love about ballroom is that I can forget about everything, and I mean everything, when I show up to practice space. I would be having the crappiest day ever, but once I start dancing I forget all about it and leave with a smile on my face.
Secondly, ballroom has brought me some of the most fun and interesting people I have ever met! At a time when I was getting sad about not seeing some of my grad school friends, I have made new ballroom friends that are so awesome in every way! The best part about it is that we can enter a bar/club/venue and just start dancing for everyone’s pleasure! 🙂
I am so thankful that I started ballroom this year. What started out as a fun activity has blossomed into something I would like to continue for the rest of my life. I hope that I will continue to be healed in this way by ballroom in 2012…who knows, maybe it will help me with comprehensive exams and the dissertation next year!