Passionate Pursuit of Purpose

Dancing, Programing, and Failing

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Character Development, Finding Destiny, Uncategorized | 3 comments

A tale of two classesDance Company

I spent about 6 and half years getting my undergraduate degree.  When I started my goal was to learn and experience new things. Determining the things I enjoyed and those which were better left for someone else to accomplish. During these years, I used my electives as an opportunity to experiment with subjects I didn’t know much about in hope to broaden and define my interests.  During my 2nd year I took two electives that have had a profound impact on the man I have become.

 CPT 175 “Intro to Visual Basic”

I desired to get a basic understanding of computer programming.   It was a great time to take this course as two friends of mine from church were also taking the course. Both of them had a talent for computer programming, so I had a built in tutors.  I finished the first assignment with Caleb’s and Andrew’s help and was thoroughly amazed by the amount of work it took to get a computer to do a simple task.  The course quickly became more complicated I felt overwhelmed and frustrated.  It was a life changing realization that this field was not the place for me, after 6 weeks I was so far behind I quit the course and began to focus on other things.  I would never again try to spend a minute on computer programming. Anything I ever need that requires those set of skills would be outsourced to Andrew, Caleb, or someone with similar skills.

 DANC 101 “Intro to Modern Dance”

I had begun dancing some on my own and found it enjoyable.  I wanted to enhance my technique and skill as they seemed to be lacking.  I am not a natural when it comes to following dance steps; dance for me has always been more of an outward expression of feelings and emotion expressed through movement.  My teacher was amazing she

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worked with me to teach me how to properly move my body, she spent weeks undoing years of unnatural habits I had developed.   While I was a slow learner she saw something in me that was not easily observed from my failings in talent.  She saw the emotion and passion I had when I danced and encouraged me to join the Purdue Repertory Dance Company.

Over the last 3 years of my college life I would spend many hours dancing and performing.  I was consistently once of the slowest learners and constantly struggled with complex choreography.  However, the dance professors saw the skills of stage presence, improvisation, and ability to partner well with other dancers.  They focused on using these talents in the dance pieces I performed in, while working with me to develop underlying technique and footwork.  Those are some of my greatest memories from college and were by far the most enjoyable classes during my college career.

Both of these courses were vital to my development

I don’t believe one was more important than the other.  One revealed the importance of developing and expressing my creative side.  The other revealed my disdain for highly detailed tasks that didn’t have engagement with people.  These courses help develop a more complete picture of who I was created to be.  This happened because I got out of my comfort zone and took two unrequired and strange courses. In the process, it developed a greater understanding of my personality, strengths, and weaknesses.

Questions for thought and comment:
  • What have you done to step out of your comfort zone and try something new?
  • Is there something you want to try but have been afraid to because you are scared you will fail?
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  • http://www.facebook.com/sharongansy Sharon Gan

    I’ve done quite a few things out of my comfort zone. They may be “no biggies” for someone else but they were big steps for me. I auditioned for theatre stuff even though i’ve got major stage fright. The knee shaking did stop after a few tries. The lip quivering… i’m still working on. I took a beginner’s scuba diving class in my final year of college even though i was (and still am) afraid of touching or being near fish. So while people swam after fish, i was doing a reverse doggy paddle AWAY from fish. I did touch the shell of a live turtle and got my beginner’s license. 😀 What would i love to try? I’ve got to think about that one.

    • http://www.joshuabfarrell.com/ JB Farrell

      That is exactly the truth. What scares us is often no big deal to someone else. Yet those fears are real to us. It is why we should belittle how someone else feels.

      I love how you acknowledge your fears and have the courage to face them. It is inspiring.

  • Jay

    Very encouraging blog post JB. So important to press into finding who we are…

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