Launch a Rocket… or not

Today we had a beautiful rainy morning in Tampa. It was a perfect day to see mother nature “do her thing”. Nevertheless I decided not only to observe it, but to actually experience it. ( Although I didn´t know that I had decided that since the morning).

Taking advantage of the luxury that is a walk through the streets of Tampa, I arrived to the universit. Luckily for me it had stopped raining, but before I could find my right building my luck changed. I ran for like 2 min under the rain and entered the class room completely wet. Little adventure number one of the day had arrived to show me that: no matter how much we may plan how we are going to arrive to a place, the outcome is never certain.

Which brings me to adventure number two. A friend invited me over to go and see a rocket launch. I was definitely excited and didn´t know what to expect, except of course, the rocket to launch.  We drove for like two hours to get to the place to see this, stayed there and waited for the magic moment. 20 min before the launch, some people started to check how the launching process was doing, unfortunatelly the only news they found was that the launching of the rocket had been postponed to the next day.

Of course this was an unfortunate news. However, for reasons I don´t understand, it wasn´t as disappointing as I thought it was going to be. I could be complaining about the fact that we literary invested 5 hours of our afternoon on this adventure ( driving back and forth) and it is time that we will never get back, but the truth is, we were traveling at our own risk.

Life is allways uncertain. We do not control any outcome that we may get. Not even when the possibilities are stadistically high or when you have planned something and it seems like good wheater. Truth be told we really never know what will in fact happen, until it actually happens.

Today was a reminder of how it doesn´t matter how much we plan to “launch” or see the launching  of a rocket, It will never be certain that it will happen. Same happens with every little or big thing that we plan or expect. This happens in health, business, learning and even love. The only real thing to do is to make the best of the present moment. It will be part of our journey and as enjoyable or memorable as you make that moment, the less regrets you will have. Be it, every step I took in the rain today or every tree I admired on the road on our way to Port Carnaveral. Every Now is what counts. Breath into it and feel you heart beating.

Humans on Stage by UT

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a dance concert at the David Falk Theater in Tampa performed by the department of Dance from the University of Tampa.

I was able to witness two performances. One was a choreography by Susannah LeMarquand and the other,  the Spring Dance Concert, directed by Susan Taylor Lenon. Both performances had a substance rare to find in dance. (Taking into account that we are living in a industrilized society and we are taking arts in a superficial way in many occations.)  As an audience member I am  looking forward to enjoy the performance, but I also want the dancers on stage to transmit something to me. I believe that as we take the opportunity to be on a stage, we have a huge responsability and it is to put purselves vulnerable to an audience and transmit a message, story or emotion. Dance was created to communicate between people a thousand years ago, now we use it as an art or a hobby, but we must not forget that our body is our number one tool to send messages between us. So it doesn´t really matter how you move, you are allways sending a message, it can either be an intentional one or a mediocre one.

Specially on Susannah´s choreography a lot of emotions were being portraid on stage. It was an intense performance and as the choreography kept going and you as an audience member could relate to the dancers and this made the message  more powerful. I felt alive and honored to be there  sharing some of the emotions that the dancers were transmiting so passionately. It was work with substance and meaning.

The dancers answering some questions by the public.

The Spring Dance Concert was as awhole an enjoyable show. It had a little bit of everything regarding dance types, but none of the pieces were senseless or meaningless. It demonstrated an work ethic that I believe is worth imitating and admiring.

The whole point of me bringing this up is because there is a huge responsability and an honor to the action of performing on a stage. You are taking your audience on a journey and to not diminish the art it is crucial to explore your own being in order to perform. I was intrigued by the fact that this performances were adressing the point that dance is not only about the tricks and the cool movements, it is also ( if not specially) about what you are transmiting to others. Which, in my opinion, speaks deeply about the meaning of dance.  We have to learn how to be human beings on stage and that is probably a much harder and deeper work than learning all the technical tricks.