Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass

Richa Misra

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. I was five years old when I danced for the first time and eventually it became my passion. I never aspired to become a choreographer as I always wanted to be a part of the corporate sector but dance was always more than a hobby for me and it was the only thing that made me come alive. But I never knew life had some other plans for me.

If I had to summarize my college life in five alphabets, it would be D.A.N.C.E. I formed an official dance group of college with fellow dancers. I fell in love with the stage and I wanted to perform every single time. I got selected for a dance camp which happened in Gujarat. This camp was an eye opener for me as I realised that there is a big difference between a talented dancer and a trained dancer. That’s when I decided to move to Mumbai so that I can move one level up as a dancer. So, I told my parents that I want to study in Mumbai.

Going in the flashback makes me laugh as I was fooling myself. I didn’t realize I was making all these efforts just for dance and not for studies. In the first go my parents didn’t agree to my thought as I had got admission in an M.B.A college of Bangalore and because being parents they had their own insecurities about Mumbai. It was a difficult task to convince them but somehow I did. Well my passion for dance made me do it. The next hurdle was finance. I didn’t want to bother my dad as he had just started his own business. My maternal grandmother helped me with my Mumbai finances. I told her I’ll find a job soon in Mumbai and I won’t bother. Soon my dance course was over I got selected in a marketing company and I started taking care of my own expenses. After some time I left that job and I was looking for a more creative job. One day while travelling to my city I thought for four hours at a stretch and I realized that I am only meant for dance. As soon as I reached home I told my mom about it. She was happy about it as by now even she had realised that I am only meant for dance.

Once I came back to Mumbai after my vacation. My only aim was to find a job through which I can manage my expenses and through which I can spare enough time for dance. Luck was in my favour and I found one. In the end, I would like to say I will do whatever it takes to follow my passion.

Richa Mishra
(YIC IIT Delhi 2017)

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