This year, I’m giving back - As much as I can - Sharing with you all as much as I can about the knowledge I’ve acquired while being in the industry. Here we go…
Don’t ever take anything for granted. Especially health.
I’m a dancer with a TERRIBLE back. I have never gotten it checked out, and that’s something I plan on doing this year. But, in the past, it has kept me from work, made me immobile some days, and continues to ache from time to time. Ultimately, whether I was actually able to prevent it or not will be a mystery, but I’m here to tell you to take all precautions necessary to prevent this, if at all possible.
I’ve thrown it out after a day of basketball, but worse, after sneezing, coughing, and even putting a golf ball on the floor (recently). I was unable to move for a whole day, extremely slow for the next couple, and now, still in pain and at about 70% range of motion.
STRETCH. EXERCISE your core. If you feel slight pain, take it easy and get it checked out before you end up like me. I’ve laid in bed wondering “is this the end of my career?” and let me tell you…it is NOT a good feeling. God blessed me to have a great career, and every time I thought I was down for the count, he brought me back, and I promised myself I’d be better. I’d be more careful. That this time I wouldn’t take it for granted. And every time…I did just the opposite. I’m 25 and feel like I have the back of a 50+ year old. When you see me limping, slow to sit or stand, it’s no act. It’s real. And it happens to a lot of people.
I’m not here for your pity. I don’t want you to feel bad for me. I couldn’t care less. But what I DO want, is for you all to learn. To see that these things happen. It’s scary. Take care of yourself. I want to make an impact on the future. For the better. That’s always been one of my goals. To make sure you young dancers and peers don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. And this is one thing I can help with. God Bless. :)