This I Believe

Latora - Sandusky, Ohio
Entered on January 18, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

How would someone find his or her escape? When everything seems unbearable and I feel as if giving up, in the back of my mind I remember my escape. I have learned to get away from my realities years ago when my mom enrolled me in dance lessons. Dressed in a pink leotard with a matching tutu, I performed in front of an audience for the first time in my life. Under those bright lights with my classmates I was in pure bliss. I believe that more than anything, dance has been my ultimate escape from burdens in my life.

One day after helping my mother decorate our Christmas tree for the holidays, I decided to surf the web. While doing my daily check on my facebook account, I remembered that our final grades were finally posted. When I finally had access to my grades, I felt my heart drop to the very bottom of my stomach. I didn’t do as well as I thought and was devastated.

I logged off my account and opened up my I-tunes to listen to some music. I decided to have my play list play while I lay in my bed. I could not stop thinking about my psychology grade! One of my favorite songs started playing all of a sudden. The song is called “No One Else” by Amel Larrieux. I forgot all about my psych grade and found myself dancing to the beat.

Back in high school dancing was my life. I dedicated more time to my drill team than I did my schoolwork. As time went on, I made a full routine to that song. It was like for a moment in time, I was carefree. With each move of my routine, I was releasing stress. After awhile I became extremely tired and laid in my bed. As I lay there exhausted as ever, my grades came back to mind. I realized things could be a lot worse and I focused on the positives. I still had next semester to raise my grade point average.

Sometimes people need to find things that will take their minds off of some situations. We all have our unique escapes. I just happened to find mine in dance. So when things get hard for you, where do you escape?