|Posted by Aura Charisse on January 18, 2015 at 10:55 PM|
It gets tough when toil doesn’t pay off.
Just a week ago my team and I competed in a university-wide street dance competition. The journey to eliminations was nowhere near easy. Trainings were downright tough. The grind would begin as early as 5pm in the afternoon until 12am the next day. You never craved for H20 as much as you do in training. You crave for O2 as well because breathing literally gets difficult. It’s much harder when you’re juggling several medical conditions, pushing yourself to get pass the threshold of pain, and proving that you’re much stronger than these ailments. Your muscles stiffen and ache from so much fatigue. Battle scars are everywhere, literally everywhere --- from purple bruises to dancer’s feet. You sacrifice hours of sleep as you prepare for next day’s early call time. Your appetite drops because of too much exhaustion.
Yet at the end of the road, you didn’t make it.
To go through such difficulty without reaping rewards can be disheartening. You replay the events in your mind as you try to recall what went wrong, but wallowing in discouragement doesn’t change fate. It happens and sulking won’t do you any benefit. We move on. What we can pick up from this is the experience of toil, passion, sacrifice and camaraderie. It’s the journey that holds value. Teamwork was priceless. No matter how you put it, we were much different now than we were when competition season began. It’s never a complete loss when you choose to see the lesson you can take home from the experience. Winning a trophy is really just the icing on the cake.
All is well.
This entry is rather different from my usual outfit posts, but let me end with a little bit of look inspo, just to keep things in theme. Check out the girls' look for the competition: brown smokey eyes & bandana game. I’m in love with the classy-punk look. The black bandana gives you that tough, rugged vibe but the neutral smokey eyes totally balance it with classy. This look actually came with a black lip for that added punk. A juxtapose of two contrasting elements that surprisingly worked out! Impressive, don’t you think? This definitely gave me a new idea for my next look posts!
Science, let's pray and work for cheermania!
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit