This past weekend we attended YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) in New York with our daughter Mackenzie. Mackenzie has been working months on 2 dance pieces to bring to this prestigious International Ballet competition. Blood, sweat, and tears have been poured into preparing for this weekend. Mackenzie’s goal was to place within the top 12. We watched as she danced with heart, soul, and the fire within her. We couldn’t be prouder of her performance and what it took to get to this level with her training. But what I am most proud of as her parent is how she handled the disappointment when her name wasn’t called into the top 12 and therefor wouldn’t move forward to the final round.
There is something to be said when you haven’t reached your goal, taking it in stride and being humble about your shortcomings and how to move forward after the disappointment. We have always tried to instill the value of hard work and perseverance with Mackenzie but coming as close as she did to come out without that goal being achieved was such a life lesson. Your heart breaks for your child knowing how hard she works and the love she has for this art, but falls short of the goal she had. But the pride I feel for my child to realize the goal was not reached today, but tomorrow is another day, my heart truly explodes with pride. To be as humble as she was about the entire experience came from an inner strength, who she is and her purpose. She simply knows who she is meant to be and that to me is the best life lesson we could ever ask for her to know. We never regret a day in this life. The good days give us happiness, the bad days give us the experience, the worst days give us lessons, and the best days give us memories. Thank you all for the support and love you have shown to our family. We feel truly blessed to have so many amazing people in our corner.
Wrapping you all in light and love,