Cecily Sommers, dancer, chiropractor, author, and professional futurist, spoke to a poised audience of over 50 University of St. Thomas alumni, students and staff members this week about the importance of finding your “fit.” Sommers career path has been anything but traditional, leaving several opportunities for self-reinvention.
Sommers details her process for self-reinvention through four steps: dream, discovery, tension, and reckoning. The notion of her desire to become a dancer happened as a child as she saw her neighbors dressed in tutu’s leaving for dance lessons. She quickly envisioned herself as a prima ballerina, and began dance lessons shortly thereafter. Discovery of a future in dance was due to her natural talent and desire to embellish musical notes with flourished movements. Progressing throughout her dance career, tension was created as she became pulled in many directions with school, teaching and attempting to earn a living. The reckoning that followed suit was a realization that dance could not provide the professional and creative challenges her own capabilities craved. Moving forward, she decided to pursue a Business degree, where she was forced to take science classes. This same process occurred while she transitioned from dancer to chiropractor, realizing in a science class that she had a strong desire to learn how the human form and circular system interact together in all aspects of survival. The reckoning developed as she decided that the homeopathic route for medicine best fit her desire to heal. (more…)