(First off, wow, that was an interesting reaction to my previous journal post... XD)
I have been dancing for just over a year now. And as of the end of my fourth feis last weekend, I have three dances in Novice (reel and light and single jigs), one dance in Beginner Two (slip jig), one dance in Beginner One (treble jig), and two still left to learn (hornpipe and trad set).
On the one hand, that's apparently amazing, as far as dancers from my dance school are concerned! The girl from my school who's going to Worlds next year told me she started dancing at age ten and it took her three years (or thereabouts) to get any dances into Novice. Several other high-level dancers from my school have agreed I'm moving up quite rapidly.
But on the other, I had set myself a goal: to be mostly or all Novice by the end of 2011. Depending on whether you count the dances I haven't learned, I've achieved this goal - or I haven't.
The girls from my dance school, as well as my friends outside of my dance school, are all telling me I'm doing amazingly. Now, I could complacently rest on my laurels and wait for my next feis, or I could redouble my efforts to meet my goal, within within a new time frame. For me, it's one or the other, there's no in-between.
Guess what I'm going to do?
Yeah, that's right. I'm going to work my rear end off to get those last two dances I already know into Novice, and to learn the two I still don't know. I may be doing well, but there is always room for improvement. My failure to fully meet my goal has made that painfully clear to me.
My next feis is in two months. That's two months to learn St Patrick's Day and the hornpipe, perfect my fast treble jig, really work on my slip jig, and improve my technique in general.