I accomplished in the beginning of my senior year what most
people weren’t going to accomplish for another 10 years and some may never accomplish.
I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I scoffed at my fellow classmates
in our Senior Career Development class. They were all full of anxieties and worries. Not me. I had everything planned until
the very last detail. Jade Powers was going to be a dancer.
The middle of my senior year in High School however, I hurt my back. I
was practicing a trick, when I felt a jolt in my spine. I immediately knew something
was wrong, but because it was the middle of competition season I was reluctant to say anything. The next morning it was difficult to get out of bed. At school
I could not sit in my seat and had to stand as much as I could. After school
I went to dance as usual to assist a younger class. I knew I could just work past my injury.
However, by the end of the class my back had gotten worse and when it was time for me to attend my dance classes, I
could not. After explaining to my teacher what had happened, I was told to take
two weeks off. During my two weeks of rest, I began fine tuning the details of
my flawless future. First I would start out by teaching. After all, there were so many young dancers out there who could definitely use my help. Then I would just jump straight to Los Angelos. The two weeks
then turned into a month and when I did return I was not the same. I still had
immense pain and my abilities were limited. That month off had given me a lot
of time to think and when I returned and found that I was no longer able to do certain things, I knew my flawless plan was
suddenly flawed. I knew I must question if being a dancer was the right path
My first semester
in college was a whirlwind of change, and suddenly I was not in control
of my life as I once thought. The decision was made for me. Although I had still chosen to be a dance major by the middle of the semester I knew this was not my future. I talked it over with my high school dance teacher, my mentor, and confirmed
the next semester my major would change to undecided.
After many months of deep reflection I now realize that life is never predictable.
Jade Powers, dancer phenomenon, could not control everything in her life.
In high school I knew dancing would be forever, no one could change my mind.
I had to figure it out on my own and make my own wrong decisions to come to the conclusion that just maybe I was meant
to do something else.
Even though I now know I will never dance professionally, I
do not regret all of
the time an energy I dedicated to dance. Through that dedication and
discipline, I learned. I am confident when I do find my purpose
in life, I will
commit to it fully and wholeheartedly.