Katie organized a Take Time Tuesday on, ahem, Tuesday, and even though it’s now, y’know, Thursday, is it ever too late to be grateful? I think not. Thus, Thursday Things: Gratitude Edition.
1. This past Saturday, I went to see the Joffrey Ballet with one of my good friends from college and ho.ly. smokes. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen a ~professional~ professional ballet company perform, and even if I have, it has been QUITE some time (the last time I remember seeing any ballet was maybe third or fourth grade), so I suppose I don’t have much to compare the Joffrey to, but it was AMAZING.
They performed three different pieces as part of a show called Unique Voices. All three pieces stood on their own and were very different from each other, but nevertheless were absolutely incredible. I particularly liked the first piece, Maninyas, and the last piece, Tulle. The middle piece, The Man in Black, used Johnny Cash music, which I thought was so cool for a ballet. Part of it was danced to “Hurt,” and the choreography reminded me of one of my all-time favorite So You Think You Can Dance Routines, Gravity (or “The Addiction Piece.”)
Unique Voices is over now, so, uh, sorry you can’t see it BUT I’m grateful for the time I had to spend with a friend I hadn’t seen in almost two years, and the opportunity to see such amazing dancing live.
2. Kind of in a similar vein, I had dance graduation this past Tuesday (my 14th graduation! Haha. The superest of seniors 😛 ), and man, I am so grateful for that place. Not only is it how I met some of my closest friends in Chicago, but there’s just something about the overall community there that makes me feel so comfortable and at home. A good number of people stick around and take class after class there, and while we only really see each other all together once every eight weeks at graduation, when we are all together, it feels like this wonderful Tuesday night family made up of people of all sorts of ages who, at one point or another, decided that just because we’re “grown ups” doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and can’t pursue something totally new to us. And I think that’s pretty great 🙂
3. Finally, I’m grateful for running. I’m *just* getting back into things after a bit of a hiatus and kicked off my 2015 training season on Wednesday. I went for a base building run on Saturday–my first non-treadmill run in over a month–and oh MAN. It was life changing. Haha. Well, maybe not quite life changing, but my goodness did it make an impact on how I felt. My mental game has been way, way off for the past month or so, and my run on Saturday was truly the first time I actually felt like myself instead of Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany in weeks. While I (and by “I” I mean “I, in conjunction with more than one professional who would actually know what they’re talking about”) think some outside factors had caused me to turn into Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany (which have since been eliminated, thank goodness), it was just wonderful to catch a glimpse of Normal Bethany on Saturday courtesy of my run — and hopefully to welcome her back for quite some time moving forward, since I like her a lot more than Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany 😉
What are you grateful for right now?