As the end of the year approaches, it is often a time for us to review the year and think about how it has gone. Some of us take this a step further and think about how our lives have gone. What would life have been like if we had taken a different decision somewhere along the way?
But I don't want to do barre work! I want to leap and twirl and, for that matter, wiggle. I want to be in West Side Story!
Look forward to reading more. Happy New Year.
Thanks for sharing this Ann, it touched me and made me reflect on some regrets of my own (which unlike Frank are not too few to mention...) I never had any clearly formulated ambition to be anything. I never put a destination into my satnav.
When I was in my late twenties after studying sociology and I thought Ireally ought to do something useful -so did a post grad course in publishing production at the London College of Printing. Following that I was headhunted by an American publishing company. For a while I was the blue eyed boy. I travelled to printers in Hong Kong, and spent nine months working at their US office in Greenwich Connecticut. When I went to the USA I'd never been on plane before. It was so exciting. At the weekends I stayed at a friends apartment in the lower west side, a railroad apartment with old fashioned trash cans on the doorstep. I have very fond memories of Christmas in NYC, wandering the streets of Manhattan in my sturdy Doc Martens which I'd spray-painted silver (I thought that was a bit Warholian). One of the cassettes I listened to on my Walkman was West Side Story (the rather operatic Carreras/Te Kanawa recording). Sadly at some point any self confidence I had deserted me, I lost the job and my work went in a totally different direction-stone stepping from the National AIDS Helpline to a full time HIV prevention job in the NHS and from there to psychotherapy and research. None of this was planned but I suppose it all unfolded according to some karmic plan. The Spielberg remake is a fantastic film, my worries about disappointment were unfounded. I'm so glad you enjoyed it too.
Ann =- I too took ballet and when it was suggested that I travel into New York City and attend the New York School of Ballet I decided I wasn't good enough to warrant my parents paying the expense.
However, instead of some gym exercises I on occasion did do barre work. You are never too old to do that. Cheers