Bellydancers On An Ego Trip
It’s a sorry sight to see a Bellydance performer on an ego trip: 'whining' boastfully about how many costumes she owns, and 'complaining' self-importantly about how much her feet hurt because of all the zillions of shows she did the night before.
I'm not referring to Bellydancers chatting about costumes and performances by way of conversation - all Bellydance performers do that amongst each other all time! I'm referring to Bellydancers who do it in a manner that is very obviously an attempt to elevate themselves and sing their own praises.
It’s so embarrassing to listen to, because all professional Bellydancers have been there at some point. There’s no need to brag about it, that’s just childish. They act as though they’re the only ones who’ve ever made a living from Bellydancing before. And how wrong they are!
All professional Bellydance performers have had an overload of performances some nights. We’ve all bought and sold plenty of costumes, and we’ve all been knackered from shows from the night before. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another.
And the opposite has happened too: a drought of shows, a collection of sad old costumes that we don’t like any more, and waking up on Sunday morning feeling amazingly energetic because the lack of shows the night before meant an early night for once.
And so what? ‘So what’, that is, for either situation, because that’s life. You have ups, you have downs. You’re busy, you’re not so busy. You make a lot of money, you make a little money. Big deal.And that’s what’s important to remember - feeling on top of the world is great, but it doesn’t mean that it will be like that forever. It won’t. In fact, it can’t. Because besides death and taxes, the only thing that’s certain in life is CHANGE.
Certainly embrace your success in Bellydancing and enjoy it with all your heart, but for goodness sake don’t give everyone a headache with ego trips. If nothing else, it’s utterly boring. You prove your worth more as a Bellydance performer (and as a human being) if you remain humble.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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