Well, this week has been really difficult for both Kyah and I. She has seemed to be totally shattered in her belief in herself and simply thinking she is not able to dance. It is amazing how powerful and damaging words can be. Then when these words get in your head and you believe the lies… The power of the mind.
Thankfully, we have some lovely people around us that have started telling Kyah she is more than able and more than capable of achieving whatever she sets her mind to.
Through the course of last week, Kyah seemed to be falling into a depression of not being good enough and not ever being able to realise her dream – lies that she has believed from someone. Finally we decided that she should look at her future. Where does she see herself, what does she want to do. It always came back to dance. So the decision was made. Kyah’s injury occurred 1 week before her RAD Ballet exam. She obviously missed out on doing her exam. She has decided she will do that exam then see where she wants to go from there.
She will be going to a small dance studio 1 day per week to get her tuition and practice in for the exam, which hopefully she will be able to do in May, 2017. In the meantime, I think it is a good idea for her to attend a more relaxed dance place for some enjoyment. She loves dancing and if she can attend somewhere for fun, then she may find that love again. We are still searching for the perfect place – I am sure it is out there.
We saw the physio last Friday and she is so impressed with Kyah’s progress physically. She is totally happy with the strength, range and function of her foot. Kyah just needs to work on improving the stability up the chain, i.e. knee and hip stability… just like most people that are active. That was very encouraging for Kyah and I.
This last week I basically surrounded Kyah with good people. All of them gave her positives, love, encouragement, support. This is what she needs, while at the same time, finding herself and knowing that no matter the outcome or her decision, she is special and she is important and she is loved. We had a very dear friend, Sandra, come and visit us through the week – that was really special. Just love and laughter with her. We went to the beach with lovely friends of Kyah’s and mine: Kirsten and Annie. We had a lovely afternoon at the beach. We went out for dinner with our dear friend Madeleine. Then we picked up Anne and Nell from the Cruise Ship Terminal in Brisbane. We had a huge day shopping at Chermside; basically Daiso only. Time prevented us from doing other shopping there. Then we went and saw La Scala Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet, from Teatro Alla Scala. Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland were just stunning as Romeo and Juliet. We all loved the performance. Then we raced to another part of Brisbane, had some dinner and watched Expressions Dance Company perform Propel. This is a contemporary dance company, and again, it was fantastic to watch.
On our way home, we drove past the Gabba and saw lots of cars and heard lots of noise. Found a car park, and along with a large number of people we listened to Adele sing her last 2 songs, just sitting on someone’s front fence. What a day and night.
Yesterday, we shopped with Anne all day, then caught up with more friends for dinner.
Today, Kyah is dancing all day. First time for over a week. I do hope she enjoys it and comes home happy, looking forward to next time.
We still need to address the issue of her doing her solo performances at the eisteddfods throughout the year….. and New Zealand is looming. We need to make a decision about that.
All I can say is that I am so grateful to everyone who has gathered around us this week, in so many ways – physically being with us, phone calls, texting, praying, emails, FB messenger… thank you everyone. Kyah is in a better place mentally and emotionally than what she was this time last week. I can only hope and pray it continues to get better.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21