I will take a deep breath and step
onto my stage.
There are no awkward throwback photos
of me in tutus or dance recitals. Ballet classes were a luxury for which we did
not have time or money. But I was a happy and resolute child, and in my own
world of books and boundless imagination, I conjured up grand symphonies and
choreographed dance masterpieces with the help of Barbie and Ken.
Years later while volunteering in
Uganda, I was invited to a local wedding celebration. Under the relentless sun
guests chatted casually, until the thumping of feet hushed all conversation. Two
rows of children in bright pink sarongs danced and drummed in unison. It was
Many of these children were orphaned
by AIDS. All were struck by poverty and hardship.
I saw that across the world, the
pursuit of a life worth living ran
purposefully in parallel with fighting to have a long, healthy life at all, and dance was doing for
these children what it had always done for me: magnifying the beauty in
humanity, no matter how dark or difficult the circumstances.
I will not cure cancer. But for all
those struggling, wandering in darkness, I hope to bring light and joy. My
ventures, though ever-changing, will be entrepreneurial, creative, and a lens
through which beauty can be appreciated.
And I will live each moment in dance.