The studio that was once my favorite place to be at, slowly turned into somewhere I dreaded going to…

When I stopped pursuing ballet as a career, I always sensed some type of pity from people’s responses. It was always, “Oh no, but you’ve worked so hard” or “あら、もったいない” which translates to “Ah, what a waste.”

Everybody around me knew that I had shed literal blood, sweat, and tears in order to become a professional ballerina. So I guess it makes sense that they “pitied” me. Or maybe they thought I just ”gave up and quit.”

I never really explained…

Rina Takikawa

Ballerina turned Product Designer based in NYC. ux designer@qathena | co-founder@pawsitive | personal branding speaker and coach

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