“So You Think You Can Dance” is back for season 12. As usual, there are some blow-your-mind dancers, and, as usual, many of those incredibly talented people are getting sent home.
It’s not that these particular dancers aren’t ridiculously good at what they do, it’s just that their skill set isn’t right for this particular season of this particular show. Maybe they can’t follow choreography. Maybe they can’t do other styles of dance.
Whatever the reason, even as they’re being rejected, they’ve had a great opportunity to be reminded of what they’re good at, discover where they can grow, and become more aware of what just doesn’t work for them.
This means that even if they’re feeling upset, disappointed, and/or angry at the moment—all completely understandable given the circumstances—ultimately, it’s all good.
Once they work through their emotions, they’ll be clearer on which direction to go in next. Train more and try again? Look for other opportunities that better fit their current skill sets? Take a break and do some soul searching?
Regardless of what they choose, they’ll be taking steps that will help them get closer to making their dreams a reality. They’ll see that their rejection from the show isn’t life’s way of saying “No, never” to their dreams, just “Not here. Not now. Not yet.”
All they can do—all any of us can do in our own versions of this experience—is learn from it and keep going.
Their paths may be different what they initially imagined. They may even find that their dreams completely change as time goes on. But as they let go, trust the process, and follow their hearts, they’ll see that everything really does work out exactly as it should.
Katie Baron: life coach, freelance writer, animal and nature lover, musician, relentless optimist