I've always loved peeking into other people's purses and handbags - what do they carry that makes them awesome? Do they constantly lug around a journal or tiny pad of paper? Do they lose lipsticks in the bottom of their purse? What type of cell phone do they use and do they have a fun case?
Unfortunately, you are out of luck when it comes to any purse of mine since I reload and unload my purse every morning and evening. Most of the time I just carry a wallet but as I was contemplating this tonight I realized that I do have one bag that's packed and steady - my dance bag.
I would, by now, consider myself a lifelong student of ballet since I have taken ballet classes on and off since my late teens. I fell in love with it as a child but never had the opportunity to do it intensively as a child so when I got to college I poured myself into it. At one point I was dancing 18 hours a week on top of a full course load! Guess what? I got straight A's that semester. Dance, like cycling does for my husband, helps me find equilibrium.
Now, as a not so serious adult I take classes here and there, mostly in the cycling off season as time and money permit. No matter what though, I have my dance bag packed up and ready to head to a class if I need it.
(p.s. Don't worry! I'm not actively using the pointe shoes these days...I need about six months of 3x a week dance classes to get there in the shape I'm in. Also, this isn't everything but I thought it would be less boring if I didn't show all ten pairs of spare/ruined tights to throw out and the extra sweaters and street clothes that have been hiding out in my dance bag for far too long! I actually found my favorite pair of sunglasses lurking in the depths of it not too long ago)