As summer seems to be spiraling closer and closer to the beginning of the school year, I usually am particularly alert for inspiration. This week I found it in the form of an underwear ad campaign (!) – from the ‘Under Armour’ brand!
This features Misty Copeland, lead soloist for the elite American Ballet theatre. The video is her dancing, amazingly, with the full display of her athleticism and grace. The voiceover is a young girl, reciting several negative comments all on why Misty should be rejected completely as a ballerina. The words are actual words she received in rejection during her formative years. They are hearbreaking.
This got me thinking a lot about talent, work ethic, and identity.
What is the magic balance between these things? Is there a magic balance? And where does “will” fit in? How do I feel about myself and these things? Would I have had the same will and determination that Misty had in the face of such rejection? Do you?
The end of the campaign has the tagline “I will what I want,” which I have decided is my new motto for the next months. I like to think it comes from the beloved “What you will” quote and sentiment from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, where identity and will are brought together and challenged in this same way.
In any case, I invite you to consider these questions as well: “what do you will?” and then feel free to also embrace “I will what I want” as you embark on your creative, business and personal endeavors this week.
And of course, just enjoy how much of a badass Misty Copeland is!!!!! :)