Sunday, January 24, 2010

Its Not About Perfection, Its About How You Handle Your Mistakes

As I continue to dance and grow as a dancer, I am struck by how differently people seem to approach their dancing. So many people strive for perfection and yet perfection can be so different, depending on what it is you love about the dance and what your goals are.

I realized that for myself, while achieving perfection is a challenge I can strive for, what's important to me is how well I can handle the unexpected twists and turns on the dance floor.

It would be lovely to live in a world that does not measure how well you do something: where you're not being judged against some standard or high bar. Instead, wouldn't it be more pleasant to focus on how much you've learned and the joy that you share and experience along the way. I believe the mastery of a skill should be celebrated as much as the journey along the way.

I don't deny it. It's great to get 100%. One of my clearest memories during my freshman year at MIT was the fact that I was the 1st one of my freshman friends to get 100% in a calculus quiz. I remember that my fellow freshmen friends looked at me with such respect: I impressed the hell out of them all - me, this chinese girl from the Philippines.

When I'm social dancing, the perfect moment is this indescribable high I get when I have struck an effortless connection with my partner and the music. I'm smiling all the time as my lead plays with our movement so that the expression of it fits hand in glove with the music that's playing. The dancing is effortless, like walking on clouds. And, when the music ends, I'm breathless: not just from the physical dance but from all the fun that I'm having.

I don't always know what's coming in a dance. I still have lots to learn so there are times when I know I missed a cue from my lead or when the his face give away that there was an "oops!" moment. Its a mistake right? Here's the best part - a perfect dance can have those moments but because the connection is so strong, its not really a mistake, it becomes part of the dance. Then, the cherry on the sundae happens when my lead decides to try that missed move again anyway and voila! Magnifique!

I don't always do it well - but I do know that when I can handle my mistakes with humility, grace and humor its wonderful! In fact, I think that perfection might well be re-defined by not just what you achieve but how well you handle your mistakes along the way.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Chance to Help: Haiti Devastation

On Tuesday 01-12-2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti and millions have been lost and even more affected by the tragedy.

Even though my blog may not have a wide reach, for those of you following and for anyone that happens to land here, check out these compilations of organizations that are setup to help in the aftermath of the quake:

CNN Impact the World
CBS How You Can Help

Friday, January 1, 2010

Dancing in the New Year!

Normally I just spend a chill evening with family and stayed up to watch fire works. This year, I did something new and decided to go out and dance to celebrate after dinner.

Though I didn't make it to all the parties I would've like to go to (2 out of 5, ain't bad), I had the BEST time EVER!!!!

There's a saying somewhere that predicts the new year will be based on whatever it is you end up doing on New Year's Day.

Well, for the 1st 5 and a half hours, I was dancing, laughing, hugging and having a blast!!! There were lots of good wishes and compliments and smiles. Now I'm posting pictures, massaging my feet and posting a note on my blog. When I wake up I'll be having brunch with my sister and her family and ending the day welcoming a good friend back home.

I'd say that based on the first hours, 2010 is going to be a FANTASTIC year :D

Thanks to everyone that was a part of it: that organized, danced, hugged and smiled with me.

Thanks to my family and friends who made 2009 so memorable.


Here's to 2010.