Lightness of Spirit
‘April is the cruellest month ‘ T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land
Yes because for me April seems to tease with a hint of warmer days and then return to the cold and dampness we have come to know of winter and early Spring.
I am no doubt biased because I love to feel warm and I love the sun and high bright blue skies.
Yesterday it felt warm! It was, I think about 16degrees Celsius and my knees climbed the steps in the garden with a little more ease!
In dance class I lumber about and wonder at talk of lightness and ease? Is that possible with knee joints that no longer have resilience and support?
Tiredness comes quickly, I guess because it takes much more energy than it would when joints are healthy.
Learning that the movements given in a class and those I see others doing are no longer going to look the same way on my body. How to accept, adapt and enjoy movement for its own sake is my goal now. I want the challenge of new choreographies keeping my brain active, but have to accept I cannot make them in the same way as they are given. My spirit might be willing but my body is not! But I think that I can seek to dance with a lightness and a freeness in my heart and spirit, in the same way as I can seek to dance or move with the echoes and spirit of beloved friends gone who danced with these qualities.
20th April 2023