Last week my daughter and I were reading about ballerinas and as we were reading about Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina during the late 19th century, we came across a powerful quote. This quote was from her teacher Pavel Gerdt while he was enraged with Anna for trying something that was not physically suited to her.
"You must always do the kind of dancing that brings out your own rare qualities instead of trying to win praise by mere acrobatic tricks."
It can be difficult both on and off our mats to not look around at others and try to move or behave in the ways that we see others moving and behaving, even if it feels unnatural, we still sometimes push against our own grain. But we are all different, we all have our own unique and rare qualities and if we don't embrace this uniqueness then we are not living in that place of who we truly are.