Don’t read the quotes that tell you ‘if you truly love it then you’ll find a way’ or ‘if you don’t sacrifice you’re not an athlete’ because I can tell you one thing. That is bull shit. I have been dancing for 4 years and had a 1 ½ off. I became depressed and unmotivated and no longer wanted to continue dancing, but every night I laid in bed moving my feet to the music in my head, i kept up to date with NANS, Worlds and All Scotlands results, I still found myself standing with a turnout and watching films like Jig and Lord of the Dance. Even though I no longer danced it was still on my mind 24/7. So just because you may not practice 4 hours a day, 6 times a week like a champion dancer or eat the best or exercise every single day DOES NOT mean you’re any less of a competitor or dancer. Family, mental illness, school, friends, injury everything eventually plays a part in your life that affects us greatly and you may find you have less to do with dance at this time, but don’t ever let anyone tell you you are any less a champion because you’ve hardly danced or thought of dance for a while.