Today’s post was inspired by an apparent contradiction at Let’s talk about your name. A counter-culture conversation!
In Comment 11, Blog-Buddy JULIE shared how inspired she was by an interview with the Irish dancer Michael Flatley. He talked about how much resistance other people had to his choice of career. People wanted him to give up dancing, and his father wanted him to go into the construction business. At one point in the interview he said “Everybody’s got an opinion on what you should do. It’s what’s inside yourself that counts.”
By contrast, in Comment 16, Blog-Buddy RACHEL wrote, “I can’t help thinking that for every 100 people who want to be dancers, who feel it deep in their soul, only 1 of them is going to make it. The rest probably WOULD be better off going into construction (or some other alternative).” And she added another great comment that you can read for yourself as Comment #28. (I recommend you read that whole thread, either before or after today’s article. So many heartfelt depth comments! Really, comments from you Blog-Buddies are such a lively, wise source of information here at the blog.)
Both JULIE and RACHEL are right. Today’s article aims to add more perspective on making wise choices by adding the perspective of — what else — deeper perception.
Common Sense First, Please
Pay attention to objective reality, little things like how many people you know who make a living at dance compared to how many take dance classes, major in dance instruction in college, etc. RACHEL’s example of 1 in 100 was a try in the right direction. I’d guess 1 in 10,000. Do any of you Blog-Buddies know, realistically, the odds of earning a living as a professional dancer? CONTINUE READING