Being a teacher isn’t always easy. We are expected not to just give instructions. Our main task is to make them understand and inspire them to be better individuals. There are times when you find yourself exhausted from the routine. In times like that, you just have to remind yourself why you took the job in the first place and why you believed in what you’re doing now. How do you do that? I have three ways in mind. If you think you’re a believer of the mighty internet, you may search it on google. If you like food and socializing, you could also invite a friend for dinner, and trap him/her for a drama session.
Now none of those things worked, I personally advise you to go at a convenient store and find a big can of chocolate fudge ice cream. Ice cream won’t really solve your dilemma, but it will cool and calm you down. You heard that right. If ever one of my students is reading this blog right now, would like to say that your teacher isn’t going crazy. In fact I’d love to share a big bowl of chocolate fudge, as soon as they memorize their routine for their Christmas performance. Ice cream has been my comfort food whenever I feel troubled, and at the same time it has always been a friend since I started ballet.
If you know me back when I was that seven year old kid who just lost her mother, then you know that it has been one difficult year. Some fathers would get a dog or a cat. Some would just buy his daughter a bike. My Dad had thought of it differently. He decided to enroll me in a ballet class. I knew then that I am good in understanding instructions and in memorizing, that was my thing. I wasn’t the best kid in class, but I know I can follow. Getting in was easy. It’s fitting in that made it difficult.
I will not forget my 8th Birthday, when my Dad asked my ballet teacher for my early dismissal. We went to our usual Ice cream place, and got me the chocolate fudge flavoured. My Dad expected that I’ll just dig in, but what he saw was a birthday girl staring at her chocolate fudge heaven. I told him that I want to lose weight because ballerinas should be skinny, and that I want to be friends with the girls in my class. My Dad laughed at me. He dipped his finger on my ice cream, then put it on my nose. I giggled of course. He told me that my teacher reported how well I am in class, as a first timer, and I deserve a treat. We made a deal that day, he’ll help me to be a good ballerina. In return, whenever he feels that I deserve a break or a reward, he’ll just pop out of nowhere with a chocolate fudge ice cream.
Until now, I carry that deal with my Dad. Come to think of it, it wasn’t the most difficult year after all. I did ballet because it helped me express myself more. The discipline of staying committed with your word is one of the things I’ve learned in ballet. It also taught me that to be a better dancer, you must also believe in yourself. I believe that being fit doesn’t mean that I should refrain myself from enjoying food. I always keep in mind that exercise and a balance diet are two components to be physically fit. As I grow old, I need supplements like a growth hormone which helps me maintain a fit physique and for anti-aging as well.
Again, whenever you’re having a dilemma like me, just eat a bowl of ice cream. Remind yourself that there are little girls who would love to be a ballerina someday, afraid to taste chocolate fudge ice cream.