Redbookish Posted January 1, 2008 Report Share Posted January 1, 2008 I've started a thread on the Adult Students technique forum for us to speak publicly about our ballet goals for 2008: Aims and dreams for 2008 and I hope you'll all join in so we can support & motivate each other through 2008. But I thought a look back at 2007 was more of a "chat" type Buddy board topic. So, how was it for you? 2007 really started for me on New Year's Eve -- the last day of 2006 -- when I slipped and fell at the end of my first ever session ice-skating and broke my right wrist. Quite badly as it turns out & I'm due to have what I hope will be the final hand surgery in 10 day's time, in order to fix the chronic pain resulting from breaking those complicated wrist bones! The lesson learned is that no matter how fearless a dancer I am, trying to stay upright on ice is a skill better learnt when you're 8 rather than 48! And all you North Americans who learn to skate as soon as you learn to walk can stop laughing, I know, I know, how silly of me! It took me a very long time to get back to class properly -- 9 months, in fact. It was a combination of exhaustion (I didn't take any time away from work and maintained quite a punishing schedule of work without my writing/typing hand), and to be honest -- fear. Not so much fear of falling again (although that was part of it) but just that a part of my body had exploded so spectacularly, that it took me a long time to trust my body again. And even longer to feel that my wrist and hand were mine again. For a long time it felt as though I had an alien blob of flesh & bone at the end of my arm. But I got back to class and it was (eventually) great! I found that I had no fear of turning, and am even getting triples occasionally, and try for doubles as a matter of course-- and they work -- mostly ( to the right that is). Quote Link to comment
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