It all started more than 2 years ago when a friend of mine
asked me to go and try this new Bollywood dance class in Seattle. I walked into
a room full of people from all caste, creed and color and a fervent dance
instructor. I have not been able to walk out the room ever since.
The first thing that I noticed about Deepali was her amazing
energy and the immensely positive vibe. After having known her for more than 2
years I can say that her pool of energy is never-ending. She walks with this
amazing ‘can do’ attitude and nothing
dampens her spirits. You can never meet anyone who is more passionate about dance
and the work that she does through dance than Deepali. For her, dance is not
about the glittery costumes or stage performances. For her, it is more about fostering
a sense of community. Deepali goes out of her way to create a family away from family.
The feeling of belongingness to this family is unmissed.
Her love for novelty and appetite for dance is reflected in
every routine she choreographs. She is personally invested in the growth of each
of her students, not only as a dancer, but also as a person. Deepali’s
enthusiasm, determination, zest of life, laughter, and positive vibe are very
infectious. She is not only a wonderful dancer but also a fierce friend. She is
a successful mother, wife, dance instructor, and project manager and probably one
of the few Superwomen I know.
I feel truly honored to have been a part of Live2DanceSeattle over the last 2 years and would be my privilege to be in the future.
I’ve had an opportunity of listing the things I’ve learnt these past few years. However, I have had a tough time jogging down the memory lane for the past year. I do remember a few things I realized this year though. Please find below a list of things I realized –
I can be a part of a show – Life has been happening ever since I have become a part of Live2DanceSeattle productions. This year we stepped it up a notch and had a show of our own – Desi Detour. It was a beautiful and sweaty journey that ended with a rad evening. It was definitely a proud moment.
Cleanliness maybe next to Godliness – Desi Detour was tough. Juggling work and the dance schedule was impossible. There used to be ‘wait list’ for dishes to go into the sink (because the sink was already full with soiled dishes). But nothing bothered me. Soiled dishes and messy apartment failed to steal my sleep. Me so much chill.
I love my bed – I think it is the only thing that cares about my comfort and sleep.
I love my couch – As do my friends. My couch recognizes my needs. It swallows me when I am exhausted. It’s big enough to accommodate all my friends (all 4 of them). Also, it does not complain when it is messy.
Money is tough – Earning, investing, saving, spending… everything about money is tough.
Travel is wisdom – In hindsight, I have learnt a lot from my #travelDiaries. The rich experiences have made me wiser, more organized, and given me excellent stories to tell!
Try to be a minimalist – One fine day I realized that I was a pretty small for all this baggage in life. So, I got up and donated 2 bags worth of clothes to Good Will and threw away 3 trash bags worth of unwanted items. I couldn’t believe I had so much to let go.
Let go and Move on – My ‘let go and move on‘ game is at it’s strongest right now. It’s amazing how people walking in and out of my life has ceased to matter to me. It’s sad really. But Oh well!
Mental health – I’ve realized the importance of mental health. As Indians we don’t really learn about mental health awareness at school. Mental problems are considered to be first world since real world problems are aplenty. Any discussion about mental health or even consulting a psychiatrist/psychologist is a taboo. However, I have realized that sometimes mental health is more important than physical health. Wrong attitude reflects poorly on you and shows at work and home. Definitely not a good place to be.
What’s your contingency plan? – Everything was hunky dory until we received an email from our CEO about impending layoffs. The world stood still. It forced me to think about my contingency plan – and there was none. My career was everything I have ever worked for and so this experience was a little scary. You start working with a company and you work for it till the end of time or till you decide to go for something better. It is always your choice. You never think about getting laid off. That thought had never crossed my mind until that one email. I obviously did not receive it well. The experience did teach me to make contingency plans and plan better. You know what else I realized? – Nothing is permanent.
Never take anything for granted – In this day, age, country, visa status take nothing, nothing for granted at all. It’s surreal how situations change every minute. That makes me wonder whether or not we should even have loyalty towards a city, state, organization or people. Life is beautiful and you’re living your dream. Shoot me if I take my life for granted.
Hope you remember your 2018 better than I do. And Happy New Year!