Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dancing with Emotion and Hope
I don't know if you realize that I'm a reality TV junkie. I didn't used to be. I was a sitcom and family drama girl all the way. But my husband's obsession with "American Idol" and "Project Runway" hooked me too. And then it led to more reality shows.
One of them is "Dancing with the Stars". This season, one of the contestants is Amy Purdy, a paraplegic with two prosthetic legs who competed in the 2014 Paralympics in snowboarding. This is an inspiring woman who wowed the judges on Monday's show with a contemporary dance portraying the year that changed her life, the year she lost her legs to bacterial meningitis.
Before the dance, she spoke of wondering if she'd ever walk again. Then a song came on the radio, and she knew she had to dance. With her father's support, she did just that. On Monday's show, she and her partner Derek Hough portrayed her journey on special feet made to point since her usual prosthetics can't do that. Together, they showed her dancing before she could walk again. Stumbling before moving fluidly in her partner's arms. And finally walking on air.
It was an emotional masterpiece.
As writers, we hope to give our readers such an emotional experience. To dive into the morass of our humanity and show that there is courage and determination in this world. That there is always hope.
As rewrites come in the near future and later throwing myself into a new story, I plan on channeling my inner Amy Purdy who exposed her soul on the dance floor. And showed us all that even after tragedy, we can learn to dance again.