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at the Glucksman Gallery in Cork

I think it’s important to try and hold the idea of a child’s free soul close to you and never let it go. Children are so pure and free – they see beauty in the smallest of things, and they live fully in the moment; they are not concerned with how they are seen by others and this gives them great freedom. As we grow older, we learn how to please others and then we slowly lose our inner child. We get so tangled up in the grind of daily adult life we forget how to be playful, how to dream & how to experiment with the freedom of a child.
I always wanted to dance…
And in a way I do at home, but the time had come for me to try something different … so I decided to try a contemporary ballet class.
 As I’ve been training in aikido for a while I’m in reasonable shape so I wasn’t worried about my stamina, but I was challenged anyway. All the ballet moves were new to me and I was really stepping out of my comfort zone… And I tell you I did not like what I saw in the mirror at times. 
But despite this I had great fun. I let go of the feeling of perfection and let the movement itself guide me. I was probably one of the happiest people in the ballet studio at that time!
So be brave, try new things, be curious like a child and don’t give a damn what people think about you. Be free!



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