Dancing my way through life.
“Every action we take impacts the lives of others around us. The question is: Are you aware of Your impact?” - Arthur Carmazzi
Over the past year I’ve begun to realize just how much the people in my life have impacted me; I’ve also realized just how much I’ve impacted them.
Positive influences can have such an amazing effect on others, introducing certain people to new perspectives that can help them learn so much about themselves over time. The ways that others have impacted me - as well as the impact I’ve had on others - has helped me see what it is I want to pursue on my next journey.
In 2016 I began voluntarily teaching a class to a group of middle school dancers designed to prepare them for upcoming dance competitions. At first it seemed like something that was just another part of my weekly schedule - I made sure they stretched, worked on their choreography, and helped them clean up their dance routines. But as the dance season came to a close that year I began to notice just how much of an impact teaching this class had made in my life.
Seeing how much they had grown throughout the year filled me with a tremendous amount of joy, and at their national competition in the spring I beamed with pride as they were awarded an eight-foot trophy. Seeing how proud the girls were of themselves made me realize that while our experience had come full circle, I had the ability to make a tremendous impact in the lives of others.
Watching these girls go from days where they were struggling during practice, to performing on a national stage and winning the competition, was truly beautiful to witness. They had grown not only as dancers, but had also learned so much about themselves in the process.
I love being able to have a positive impact on others. I had inspired these girls, teaching them how to improve their dance skills and create their own choreography, and how to do it with their own style. I also showed them how to lead in a positive manner as well, using encouragement over negativity to help them reach their goals.
Ultimately, this experience was the catalyst that steered me towards nursing. By combining my love for math and science with the skills I learned while teaching these dancers, I know I can succeed in having a positive impact in the lives of others for many years to come.
Each day as I read the quote by Arthur Carmazzi I am reminded that I still have so much to learn and conquer in this world. But I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life and to making a difference in the lives of others, as well as being open to their impact on me.