“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
While many high school students look to the future solely basing the purpose of their lives on whatever occupation will earn them the highest income, Molly Mars finds her purpose in the rhythmic comfort of dance. She says it “has been a part of her throughout her life” and “without it she has no purpose”.
“I’ve been dancing since I was 2 or 3. My mom just took me to the local Parks and Recreation Center and I’ve been dancing ever since” says Mars while explaining when her passion for dance was born. 11 years later, with a few more years under her belt, she took her moves from the studio to the stage as she began competing monthly at a national level. When talking to the elite dancer, she expressed the fact that competitions “get [her] through the month.”
After performances, Mars has had both aspiring dancers and spectators alike “go up to [her] and proclaim they want to dance because of” her. The spotlight from the competition stage followed her all the way to the theater stage as she directed the dance segment of the “Anyone Can Whistle” audition for Pacifica’s Spring Musical.
The positive energy Molly gets from both dancing and her fellow dancers breathes a spirit of purpose in her life amid the stresses of senior year. When asking her how dance drives her to call it her purpose, Molly professed it “inspires [her] to inspire others” and that she “could not imagine not doing it.”