OCTOBER Newsletter 2018

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) want to thank you for all that you contribute to us.

The other day I saw an interview with the author Mia Michaels. Artists always fascinate me, but there is a special place in my heart for writers, because I love to read and books have saved my life at so many levels. Mia’s book was about unicorns. There was a large part of me that wished she was a National Geographic correspondent and was revealing the actual existence of unicorns and the GPS coordinates of a field where we could go and pet them. I was highly disappointed when I found out it was a metaphorical reference about the unicorn within each of us.

Mia had shared her life story which actually led to the writing of the book. Her father was the original Marlboro man. Her mother was a Playboy bunny. At the time of her birth, they owned a dance studio, so physical beauty and fitness were everything in their lives. Mia was born with a condition where she was unable to walk. For the first five to six years of her life, she had to wear metal bars on her legs. Her mom would very lovingly put oil on the bars to make them more malleable and ease the difficulty.

Once she was able to barely walk, she knew that nothing in this world was more important to her than to be able to dance. Another obstacle that she faced as she was growing up, was her size. By the age 14 or 15 she was 5’11”, felt extremely awkward and referred to herself as Bam-Bam. Her first audition was a disaster. She followed the ballerinas on stage (who are extremely thin) and the audience laughed when they saw her. She fled to the bathroom and hid on top of the toilet till her mom could pick her up. She said this was her unicorn moment. She knew that she didn’t have the courage to ever go back on stage. But she knew she couldn’t give up her dream of dance, so she decided to become a choreographer. She says being a unicorn doesn’t mean that we will not face challenges, it means that we will not let them keep us down. She is now an award winning judge on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. She has worked with musical artists such as Celine Dion, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Prince.

Hearing her story inspired me and I felt even if there is one person out there that would resonate with it, then it was worth sharing.