One of those things often not expressed to us is this point of our lives are the hardships we have to endure to get to where we need to be. In Misty Copeland’s memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina” reveals her journey of highs and lows in becoming the only second black woman in the history of the American Ballet Theatre. The ballet world can be very traditional and stiff when it comes to it’s criteria and Misty had to work very hard to prove her brilliance. This is a great book that will inspire you to go against the grain and pursue whatever you want to do. It’s a must read!
A few excerpts from the book WE LOVE:
“Like so many things that came late in my life—my introduction to ballet, a more mature body—I was also starting to feel another emotion most young people experience years earlier, often while they’re still in high school: rebellion. “Who do they think they’re talking to?” I would mumble to myself after a long, stressful day. “I have so much talent. Why do I have to be stick-thin?” My backup plan was to outdance everyone, to be so technically perfect and unbelievably lyrical in my movements that all anyone would be able to see was my talent, not my breasts or curves or the color of my skin.”
“I still worry, far more than I should, about what the ballet world thinks of me—whether I will ever be accepted and seen as a well-rounded artist deserving of respect. Or will I forever be “the black ballerina,” an oddity who doesn’t quite compare? But in my moments of clarity I envision all the people whose lives have been touched by my story, who upon seeing my journey know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”
“I’ve come so far from the first ballet class I took at age 13 in my baggy gym clothes at the Boys & Girls Club. I know that by being here now, in this rarefied, difficult, elitist, beautiful world, I have made my mark on history and ballet. I will forever fight, performing like it’s my last show. And I will love every minute of it.”
Story from XO Girl Daily