How does a woman who has had a stellar career as the principal dancer with the New York City Ballet overcome the sadness of retirement? Ballerina Wendy Whelan danced her farewell performance on October 18, 2014 after thirty years. She started dancing at the age of three and has a repertoire of over fifty ballets in her career.
At the age of 47, Wendy is still known for her angular body and her defined muscularity. She revealed, however, that every time a particularly important milestone occurs in her life, she experiences great sadness. Although exhilaration may be the immediate emotion after a particularly important performance, the sadness sets in with remorse that the moment has passed and the peak has been reached.
Most women can overcome these feelings of depression after a short period of time. Yes, it may take a few days or perhaps several weeks, but as time allows space, the feelings of depression lessens and levels out. But some women are so traumatized by a sudden change of lifestyle or a fearful event that their depression deepens with time. It may worsen into PTSD, anxiety, or just severe bereavement. Perhaps the only way to deal with the pain of depression is to turn to drug or alcohol abuse to as a numbing agent. Understanding the core of the depression is the key, and this is where Brookhaven Retreat excels in covering the cause and effect of the depression and anxiety.
Wendy Whelan may feel lost in life for a while, but she will rebound to a healthy attitude by using her own coping skills. As for us, the world will be a less beautiful place with one less ballerina.