Everything I Learned From Triumph I Learned From Falling

Misty Copeland Principal Dancer In Ballet

Every time I pass by the San Pedro Ballet School and see the painting murals outside of Misty Copeland it reminds me to continue working and never give up on my dreams. I admire the painting because it shows the struggle, the diversity and the pain she endured as a black ballet dancer and how she was able to break barriers within her race.

Misty Copeland was Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen and had struggled all of her life and worked hard to get where she is at. She was first noticed as a teenager at the Boys And Girls Club in San Pedro by a ballet dancer teacher named Cindy Bradley and soon she adopted her in order to practice long hours. Misty had no experience however her teacher knew she had a gift that no other girls had. What took other ballet dancers a year to learn it took misty 3 months without prior ballet experience. Her limbs were long and she was flexible.

At age 19 Misty encountered a painful injury. A fractured bone in her back during rehearsal. It took a year to recover from the injury and return to dancing. She was advised by doctors dancing would not be in her future. Misty felt like a stab in the back. Copeland remained determined, working with rehabilitation experts over the course of a year to make an impressive recovery. How could this happen? Why now? She could of asked lots of questions but the fact is the pain was grueling. Misty could not accept the bad news of not dancing anymore as that was her life! She needed to overcome it.

It was mindset. A-Set-Mind.

Have you ever felt stabbed in the back while doing good?

A foot, tendon, injured back, toe snubbed? When I ran the Los Angeles Marathon I had an ingrown toenail a week before the run. I wanted to avoid doctors and wanted to heal by myself as I knew doctors would tell me I couldn’t run and bandage my whole foot. It’s not the first time something like this happened to me… And so I ran the marathon! (Don’t ask me how?!) Just as Misty danced while being in pain I also had to run! Lots of similarities we share :)

While withdrawing can often be our first temptation… how can we right? But with a creative and loving God, who continually has our backs, we just can’t quit! We are to set examples of others who can’t keep going… Our confused admirers because let’s be frank everyone has them will have to say what was said about Misty,

“She’s Back!”

I end with this quote from the ballerina herself

You can do anything you want, even if you are being told negative things. Stay strong and find motivation.” — Misty Copeland


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