I have two passions: writing and dancing. They have a lot of similarities. Let me explain.
Ballroom dancing at its best requires some pretty fancy footwork, special clothes, great music and a partner. With these elements, I can spend an evening where the beginning and end merge and time disappears entirely. The physical exertion sends endorphins through my brain with resulting euphoria that feels endless - until the music stops and the evening ends.
Writing at its best requires a good command of the language, a great computer and software, the right environment and for me, a muse. With these elements, I can spend days and nights where the beginning and end merge and time disappears entirely as I disappear into the world of my characters and the world in which their story unfolds. Time also disappears entirely. Everything else in my life comes to a stop. The lack of sleep and concentration on finishing sends adrenalin through my body that provides its own high - until all thought comes to a screaming halt with absolute exhaustion.
The passion with which I approach both experiences is very near the same. Dancing reminds me that I am alive as a physical being, able to move my body and feel the rhythm of the talents who create the music for my soul to feel and express through dance. Writing is the exercize of my mind, a reminder that I can reach beyond my own experiences to another creative place where I control the characters and their outcome (even though it feels sometimes as though they write their own stories). If either is missing from my life, there is a gap that cries to be filled.
Writing, however, has one more benefit. The published work represents the beginning and end of an idea, a story that took shape in my mind and found its way to print. There's a little glow that grows as I continue to see the finished product, and there's an additional adrenalin rush at book signings and in hearing that someone enjoyed the story.
As long as I can dance and write, I have a raison d'etre; and life is good.
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