Everything in life is a value proposition. And the more you want something, the more the universe seems to test your resolve.
This, then, is a reminder to anyone who struggles to find their inner drive as the new year gets underway under the shadow of the pandemic: there is no greater force in your life than your own will.
The child, reading this, who started #IrishDance lessons and wonders to themselves why they should bother continuing, with no feis on the horizon and no school to physically attend: do you choose to fall by the wayside, or is the dance in your heart? Do you lace up your shoes, go to your next Zoom class with your instructor, and resolve to *win* -- even if it takes decades?
Those who choose to fight on will be the next generation. They are the ones who, years from now, will be in images like this: photographed and filmed by press agencies, dancing around pillars in a hallway on a makeshift stage because the real stage is still being built, and you're less than 72 hours from showtime, and everything is teetering on the brink, but everyone pulls together and *makes it happen.*
*Those* are the memories that last a lifetime. And the foundation upon which they are built is laid, stone by stone, decades in advance.
The harder the work, the sweeter the achievement.
This entire genre -- commercial #IrishDancing -- was invented by a day laborer who existed in poverty and obscurity for thirty-five years to become an "overnight" success. No Zoom classes. No commercial shows. But one vision, and the will to achieve it.
2020 was a *hard* year. 2021 may be much the same. Who knows? No one can predict the future -- but you *can* create your future.