It goes without saying, but Alethea Austin is an amazing dancer, and there are many things about her physical ability and performance style to admire and aspire to achieve. But one of my favorite things about her is the motto she’s chosen to include on a lot of her merchandise and even tattooed on her knuckles, “Push Past.”
For more than 20 years I’ve been virtually paralyzed by anxiety and depression, unable to look people in the eye, to really form bonds or trust anyone completely, and worst of all, unable to pursue the things I wanted most. Although I’ve been dealt some tough cards in the past, I know that a lot of my pain and a lot of the wasted years behind me are no one’s fault but mine.
My recent efforts to break free from this self-imposed prison have been challenging and terrifying and exhilarating and sometimes very painful, but I’m determined to keep pushing myself, to keep pushing past scary and uncomfortable to a place of strength and joy.
Whether we’re struggling with a new move, working on flexibility, or just trying to walk with our heads held high — or like me, a combination of all those things — if we give up when things get tough, we’ll never get there.
“Push Past” and find out what you’re capable of.