The Tragic Story of Vaslav Najinsky

The video above displays a dance choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky that was made for Stravinsky’s ballet “Rite of Spring”.

Back in their time, this was not an easy dance to perform. Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the few dancers in Russia that was able to perform and choreograph this level of ballet. This is why Sergei Diaghilev, the biggest producer of the time in Russia, worked closely with Nijinsky. They worked so well together that a romance emerged, however, this romance would be Nijinsky’s downfall.

Later on in his seemingly blossoming career, Nijinsky left Russia on tour with the ballet and came back with a wife. This drove Diaghilev mad with jealousy leading him to fire Nijinsky and blackballing him throughout Russia. Nijinsky looked all over Europe to find a place where his dancing could be utilized. Unfortunately for Nijinsky, Russian dancing was way ahead of its time and even frowned upon in certain areas. Eventually, Nijinsky gave up. He found work in London but it was said that Nijinsky had gone mad after years without dance. This mental breakdown forced Nijinsky to remove himself from society. He died a few years later.

Why did I choose to write about such a depressing story about a ballet dancer from the 20th century’s descent into madness on a blog that has the word ‘toilet in the title? Simple. Nijinsky was a man who excelled at dancing and had a passion for it. He loved it with all his heart. When he stopped dancing he went mad. That being said, I feel that there’s a tremendous lesson to be learned here.

Doing what you love is not only necessary but is essential to your well being. Neglecting a passion could drive a person crazy like it did to Nijinsky. People search their entire lives for a passion to chase so if you have one don’t let it be a dream. Take the leap of faith and chase what you love.

I’m not advocating leaving your family to chase your dream of being a pop star but if you have a passion for something you owe it to yourself to incorporate that passion into your life. Even if it’s not your professional career pursue it. If you love writing but aren’t yet willing to go all in on a career, start a blog on the side and see where it goes. If you like playing music, find a band to jam with.

Don’t be like Najinsky. Don’t give up on your passion and fall into a depression. Do what you like! Make the most of your life and live it to the fullest!

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