The moment I decided that I wanted to dance was incredibly important for me. From that point onwards my life changed completely and it is still changing based on that decision. Looking back in a few decades, it might have been the best or worst decision of my life. At this point, I am investing huge amounts of time into dancing. I am structuring my life around the idea that I should be dancing more. Every waking minute I think about dance or practice. I still don’t know where my dance will lead me, but so far it led me to incredible places and it showed me a side of mine that I never knew before.
So when did I decide that I wanted to dance? It happened in Korea very shortly after I arrived there. BK (Before Korea), I spent most of my time studying and worrying about university. I was always hanging around with a couple of core friends. I decided that in Korea, I wanted to make some Korean friends and I wanted to focus much less on my studies. Studying less was really not the problem, but meeting people was much more difficult. I was never the kind of guy who could just get into a conversation easily.
One day, I walked past a booth for the street dance club of my university. I was fascinated with dancing and I thought it would be really cool to join. However, I didn’t approach them from the get go. I was too scared. I didn’t know what to say and I thought that dancing would not really suit me. After I passed the booth for the fifth time, I finally mustered up my courage and told them I wanted to join.
It still wasn’t easy. There were a lot of hurdles and even when I was in the club it was difficult being the only foreigner, but I eventually got into the club. I still didn’t dance as much as I do now, but it was the small chance that I took that one day that led me to the path I am on right now. I don’t even want to think about what I would do if I didn’t approach the booth that one day. It taught me that I need to take chances sometimes, especially if it is something I really want to do.