• Austin Sora

Reframing Our Fears Around Reopening

As the seasons start to change, I am filled with hope. The vaccine rollout is chugging along, there are murmurs of theatres reopening soon, and some shows have even set their return dates!

As much as a return to dance studios and theatres is exciting, I know many dancers are feeling uneasy. Some dancers have put their mental health first and are hesitant to return to the “hustle culture.” Some dancers have pursued new interests and business ventures that they aren’t ready to put on the back burner. Some are nervous about health and safety protocols.

I understand the fear and I understand the hesitation. It is how we, as humans, protect ourselves when there is change on the horizon. It is a survival instinct.

But what if we weren’t meant to merely survive? What if we decided that we deserve to thrive?

Yes, we are standing on the precipice of A LOT of change. But guess what? We’ve done this before, and we’ve been doing this our whole lives, not to mention the past year alone. We know how to adapt. In fact, it's kind of our thing.

When I think about this time last year, and how much we were filled with fear and despair, I can't help but feel proud of how much we’ve overcome. Many people say that the world is returning to “normal,” but we can never go back to what our lives were like pre-pandemic, because we aren’t the same people we were then. That is the beauty of it all.

Maybe you’ve spent the past year learning how to take better care of your mental health, and that has prepared you to audition in a healthier and more sustainable way. Maybe you’ve picked up a hobby that brings you joy, or started a side hustle that will help support you financially. Maybe your concern for health and safety has taught you how to be a better advocate for yourself. These are things we can take with us into the next chapter!

This is not an “either/or” situation. We can take what we’ve learned over the past year, and implement those lessons into our lives as we move forward. All of our past experiences have prepared us for this exact moment, so trust that you are exactly where you need to be, and that you are more than prepared to receive all of the good things that are coming your way.


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