My learnings from a trip to the ballet

This month my wife and I went to watch the ballet. I had bought the tickets as a present a while ago, but before going had never really thought of myself as someone who would like it (watching football and boxing are more my thing although I do like the theatre generally).

My girls do ballet classes and love it but watching your children is different to watching the professionals. You are there because of them and enjoy seeing them rather than the event specifically.

I have to say I was completely surprised at my experience and how enjoyable it was to be mesmerised for two hours. It was almost a period of peace to just sit and admire what was happening before me without the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.

Here’s the three things I learnt/was reminded of:

  1. Always be openminded to trying new things and experiences – you never know how much you might like them! We can all be guilty as we get older of seeking out new experiences less and less – whether that be new activities or new places. This reminded me of the need to try and avoid that.
  2. An appreciation for people who have mastered their craft/art. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something and to see it in action was amazing. This was on a visual and larger scale, but I can see that also applies to other areas of our lives as well as reminding me to continue aiming for that myself.
  3. Be prepared for the unexpected – We got stuck in heavy traffic due to an accident on the way (thankfully not serious) which meant we only got there a few minutes before it started despite leaving in good time. It meant that we missed our pre-show drink, but it didn’t take away from the time.

What have you seen or experienced that you didn’t expect to enjoy?