Sunday, February 23, 2014

It's never too late

When I was younger I wanted to be a dancer. I was somewhat of a late bloomer, starting in 8th grade, when most start around pre-school. I took to it like a fish to water though and I continued to excel throughout high school. I was so serious about it that I was debating over whether or not to attend a conservatory for college. At the end of the day, I decided that as much as I loved dance, I wasn’t sure I was up for living in New York, going to auditions, and living at the poverty level trying to make a go at it full time.

After college I departed from dance for several years. I was in full fledged grad school mode, an all consuming endeavor for those who might be unfamiliar with the experience. I only danced a handful of times during that 6 year period. I initially tried to convince myself it wasn’t a big deal. Sure, I danced, but dance was my identity. That might sound good but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that if you have a dream in your heart you won’t be able to rationalize it away. You might not actively pursue that path or operate in that role at the moment. But our dreams are unequivocally part of who we are. Our gifts are the driving force of our calling. They’re our breath, our life, and our unique imprint on the world. When we fail to become who we’re meant to be, we suffer and so do those around us because they’re not benefiting from our light.

For the sake of time, I’ll abbreviate the process of finding my way back to dance. Suffice it to say, I tried on a few different ways of integrating it back into my life on a regular basis. Then one day I realized the answer. It was like a dawning. How had I missed it before? My favorite part of the day was when I attended Zumba class. In that hour long class, I was happier and freer than I was any other time. My soul had reconnected with my first love and it was like oxygen to me.

I share all this to offer one simple message. It’s never too late. I’m reminded of Bruce Wilkinson’s book, The Dream Giver. Basically, we’re all given a dream in our hearts. There comes a time when that dream is tested. Perhaps you wonder if it’ll ever come to pass. You might even be required to sacrifice it in some way without the assurance that it will return to you. But here’s the exciting promise for all of us. The Dream Giver is able and willing to fulfill each and every one of our dreams. The fulfillment of the promise might look very different years down the road than it would have at an earlier season. But it shall come to pass.

Just look at me. I’m thankful for my educational opportunities. I’m humbled by my credentials. I feel a sense of purpose in the work I do. But when it comes to truly experiencing joy and soul satisfaction, I get that from dance. And my cup overflows at the thought of my dream to dance coming full circle. Wherever you are in relation to your dream…if you’re living in it, discovering what it is, or if you’re surrendering it for now, know that it’s never too late. The One who gave it to you is faithful to fulfill it. Just wait and see!


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