Take a moment today to look back on where you were one year ago. Have you learned something, grown or changed? Most likely, the answer to that question is yes! But how much have you learned?
In this inspiring and fun video, Karen X. Cheng shares her journey from small movements on day one of learning to dance to day 365, when she shows off a fully choreographed routine in public!
Karen writes, “People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.
Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.
This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.
When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.”
Learn more about Karen and how she made the incredible metamorphosis from a self-described “awkward body” to a confident dancer on her website.
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–Megan L. TakeLessons Staff Member and Blogger