I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting in awhile, my schedule has just been so busy! But part of that business has been due to all of my book reading! A few weeks ago, I finished the book, Taking Flight, by Michaela DePrince. Now, you may recognize the author, Michaela DePrince, who is a star ballerina. She also appeared in the documentary, First Position. This book has such a powerful message about how, (I know this is about to sound cheesy. But!) dreams really can come true.
It just goes to show, living in a world, in 2016 where there is unfortunately still a lot of racism, sexism and violence, people can really accomplish the unthinkable. Michaela started out as a war orphan in Sierra Leone. Those kids are considered lucky if they are adopted, never mind being adopted to an American family. The chances of Michaela living were slim, but she made it. I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason, and this story goes above and beyond to prove that. People like Michaela who defy the odds teach lessons. After I read a great book like that, I think to myself: I am so glad I read that book. It really made rethink… But I am lucky enough to have grown up in a family where possibilities for my future are endless. I think people who think building a wall between countries, or discriminating against people who are different from them are the people who need to read this book the most. I have had an upbringing where it was instilled in me that a woman should never be underestimated. Fierce women have always been apart of my life, and I hope to be considered a fierce and powerful woman one day. Not everyone has that. I was also taught equality of all races, religions and sexuality. I have a rainbow of family members. Gay/Straight. Black/White. Jewish/Christian/Muslim etc. But what do you think of when you picture a ballerina? This book envelops you into a world that you thought was all pirouettes and perfectly pointed toes. What you thought is anything but. Dancers don’t get anywhere without going through excruciating amounts of pain. You also get an inside glance at how the rigidity and demanding amounts of pressure mothers can put on their children can be detrimental to a childhood. I wish I could give this 10 stars, it was so good! Comment down below if you are a dancer and what type of dance you do, if you have read this book and what you thought, or anything that has been on your mind lately. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Talk to you soon!!
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