Cheryl is a normal high schooler, right?
|Cheryl was like any other high schooler her age: she was in an extracurricular activity, ballet, and she had depression. People were always confused when they heard a ballerina had depression.
When people see Cheryl, they all asked the same questions:
"How do you dance if you're depressed?"
"I heard that you need motivation in order to be a ballerina. If so, how do you get your motivation when you're depressed and sad all the time?"
"I thought that you needed to be happy to be a ballerina."
That last questions always stung Cheryl when someone asked that question. The reason behind it stinging was because she thought the exact same thing when she was younger.
She had been a ballerina since kindergarten. She's always wanted to twirl and spin and leap across a stage while people gaped at her excellent performance. She practiced for years to be the main character in a ballet and she did become the main character once: she was Clara in The Nutcracker, but something after that performance made her life turn sour. Even Cheryl doesn't know what happened, but something after Christmas in seventh grade made her lose a bit of her enthusiasm and gradually more until she and her mom found out that she was diagnosed with depression.
Surprisingly though, even after she was diagnosed, she decided to keep participating in ballet. She felt like it would be no easy task to leave ballet since it had been with her for years, so she stayed. After the diagnosis, she found it harder to get up and perform her dance numbers and it was even harder than before for her to keep a smile on her face. During practice, her teacher had to keep telling her every five minutes or less, "Cheryl, smile!" but instead of smiling, she would grimace as she tried to remember to smile and remember what her footsteps were at the same time.