I strike my final pose as the music comes to a stop. For a moment all I can hear is thequickness of my breath and all I can feel is the sweat on my face that I have just now realizedwas even there. It almost seems like time stops, then a rush of applause fills my ears and a smilecomes to my face. I bow my head and gracefully glide off the stage. Once I reach my family all
they have are words of praise for me. “Sweet heart that was amazing
, you were so beautiful
Mother says to me with tears in her eyes. All these words excite me, and I am very appreciativebut still in the back of my head I wonder what the judges will think of my performance. Theywere the true deciders of my accomplishment over the passing months.
I get my results and it’sthe best score I’ve ever received.
A platinum level award; the highest you can get. I walk to thefront of the stage and receive my plaque. All I can feel is a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.Instantly all I can think of is how far I have come. How I had been put down andprevented from reaching this point as well as the physical challenges I had overcome. Thedirector of my studio refused to help me, and almost prevented me from even competing at alldue to the fact that I had left her company, I mean who has time to practice every day and stillhave time for school work? I glance in her direction and smile slightly. I can tell she regrets thisnow, but
at the same time I can see in her eyes that she’s proud
of me. As if maybe she knew Icould do it all along. I spent hours working my body to its full extent, many nights soaking mysore muscles so that I would be able to walk up and down the stairs at school the next day. It wasall worth it now. I had shown myself that I could do it. All I needed to do was set my mind to itand put everything I had into my dancing. I accomplished my goal.Achieving this goal changed me as a person. I walked into that auditorium with nothingin my mind, but doubt and the thought of what others wanted but, I walked out of the auditorium