Why do you think you can't dance anymore Justin asked on our walk back to our hotel. I had been talking non stop for who knows how long about how amazing the show was and how I wish I had been working on a show like Zumanity my whole life. My lame answer to his question was: I'm too old now and I just didn't take the opportunity when it was staring me in the face back in 1994.
So at the OLD age of 36 I had decided that there was just no sense pursuing any type of dance anymore even though I really missed it and had spent years doing it.
A few years later, around the time I was turning 40 I came across the book Cirque du Soleil: The Spark - Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives within Us All while researching life purpose for an article I was writing for another site. That book did more than ignite a creative fire it changed the direction my life was headed and helped me start living my passion and start training with a purpose for the first time in my life.
I don't know why I spent most of my 20's and 30's training for silly goals like "muscle definition" "losing fat" "looking fit" when my real purpose was to just become a better dancer/performer and achieve my physical potential which goes beyond just looking good in a bikini and clear plastic heels. Maybe for some people the whole bikini model look is motivation enough but for me exercise and movement is about reaching your full potential as a human being so that you can one day say I lived to my fullest potential and have no regrets.
I wonder what would've happened if I had not seen Zumanity or read The Spark? I'm glad I don't have to find out and excited to be training with a meaningful purpose now instead of exercising just to achieve a certain look (see video below to see what I mean).
What passion does exercise help you pursue? Does your training have a meaningful purpose that goes beyond just looking good in a bikini? Dig deep, it's in there!
"There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela
" The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." Unknown
"The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be." Oprah Winfrey
"It's amazing how much we fear the unknown even when the unknown carries with it the possibility of success. We are so determined to stick to our comfort zones that we learn to live with disappointment, as long as it's familiar and safe. Only by taking risks can we hope to accomplish the extraordinary." The Spark