Monday Morning Wake-Up Call (Up!)


Notes:

  • Inspired by Natalie Portman, 2015 Harvard Commencement Speech: “It was instructive for me to see that for ballet dancers — once your technique gets to a certain level — the only thing that separates you from others is your quirks,” Portman said. “Or even, flaws … You can never be the best technically. Someone will always have a higher jump or a more beautiful line. The only thing you can be the best at is developing your own self.”

Comments

  1. and this holds true for most of life

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  2. Great speech and all the truth in it. I am often surprised at the deep wisdom in people and then I wonder WHY I’m so surprised…. It must be that I read so much silage is being spouted by certain people and then ‘distributed’ in every paper, channel and multiplied to the …th degree.

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  3. Wise beyond her years.

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  4. That goes for most things

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  5. I would like to start a fund with your other readers to raise enough money to hire a photographer (and to encourage you) to get a picture of you in this pose. I’m in…are you?

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Amazing!! Harvard 2015 Commencement … “It was instructive for me to see that for ballet dancers – once your technique gets to a certain level – the only thing that separates you from others is your quirks,” Portman said. “Or even, flaws … You can never be the best technically. Someone will always have a higher jump or a more beautiful line. The only thing you can be the best at is developing your own self.”

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  7. I’m wondering if this speech was inspired by all the training she did for Black Swan (2010) – the movie was dark and her work was incredible. Such wise words indeed.

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  8. Ouch! I’m getting cramps in my arms and legs and fingers and toes just from looking at this painful pose! Don’t worry, I won’t try this at home!

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  9. Valerie Meluskey says:

    So-o wonderful to have such a deep appreciation of beauty and life! Ballet lives in unknown places in my soul. Anyone see this video of French Ballet dancers in quarantine?

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