Sometimes we all need some inspiration to free our soul or to simply give us the push we need to move forward. My daughter recently asked me to buy her the memoir of Misty Copeland after reading a snippet of her story of adversity in Teen Vogue magazine. My daughter loves ballet and like Misty Copeland she doesn’t have the ‘ideal’ body shape. Having a 6’2 daddy and a 5’8 mummy means she is taller than the average 11 year old. Being mixed race (white British and black Seychelloise) also means her bone structure is different and there is no doubt that she will be curvy like her mummy! At one point she wanted to quit ballet because she looks ‘different’ in her leotard and she has to work harder to get that straight lengthy ballet posture because of her “Sticking out bum”…her words not mine! She is a very beautiful and talented dancer so I encouraged her to keep going. Her teachers have always been pleased with her dancing but my daughter is her own worst critic. After reading Misty’s story, her words were “Mummy, this is an inspirational story…nothing is going to make me quit dancing not even my bum!” What a relief…my self-critical daughter declared that her derriere is no longer an issue…phew!
If I am unsure about the content of the books she asked for, I normally read it first so I had the pleasure of reading Life in Motion before she did and I was sure she was going to be inspired by the story. I have to say, Life in Motion is a story of passion, dedication, grace and an inspiration to anyone out there who dared to dream for a different life.
Misty Copeland, 31, is the first African-American soloist in 20 years at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Her new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, tells the story of this dancing beauty, who didn’t start ballet classes until she was 13.
“When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer.”
This beautifully written memoir, reveal her desire and drive that made her dreams reality. She may not have the “ideal” ballerina body but she did not let that stop her. In a recent interview with USA today she said that she doesn’t diet. “If you’re a dancer, you’re making that sacrifice; your body is your instrument, just like any athlete would. … I stand for being healthy and not going beyond that. You can exist as a dancer in the ballet world and have muscles and curves, and still be lean and healthy. I don’t starve myself. I still look like a woman. … I don’t believe in ‘diets’ and cheating, it’s about a lifestyle.”
iThis book is a very good read and it is written in simple English so it accessible for both young free readers and adults.. Misty is an inspiring young woman, a role model and her message will touch your soul.