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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!

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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.

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I'm pleased the article stimulated some thoughts. I have never wanted to tell other people how to live or what to think, but I do like the idea of being thought-provoking. A little reflection is (almost) always a good thing!

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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

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Look forward to reading more. Happy New Year.

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