Transition is the natural process of disorientation and reorientation that marks the turning points in the path of growth, transitions are key times in the natural process of self-renewal. Transitions can be physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual to one self and to the broader society.
An example of exploring transitions is a film directed by Stephen Daldry, the film, Billy Elliot focuses on an unusual 11 year old boy who is faced with rather complex situation, choosing boxing to please his father and follow what “other normal lads” do or to follow his love for dancing which is opposed and frown upon. In the opening scene Billy’s love for dancing is evident, we see Billy dancing to ‘Cosmic Dancer’. Billy initially pursues boxing to please his father, who ironically is irritated by Billy’s performance in the ring. It is during a boxing session that Billy becomes drawn to a ballet lesson taking place in the hall, he joins this lesson enjoying the experience, he eventually decides to join the lessons again with encouragement from Mrs Wilkinson. Once Billy’s father finds out there is much opposition toward the idea of Billy doing ballet, telling Billy “Lads do football or boxing or wrestling. Not friggin ballet”. One of his father’s concerns is of Billy’s sexuality, Billy retaliates by telling his father “Just because I like ballet doesn’t mean I’m a poof you know. Eventually Billy’s father realises what it means to Billy and becomes accepting of Billy’s love for dancing. This experience from boxing to ballet and the opposition faced has an impact on Billy who transitions into a boy with qualities such as strength, courage, self-belief and individuality.
Another experience which is transformative for Billy is scenes which Billy explores his sexuality, a scene in which his best mate Michael reveals more about his sexuality, a rather homosexual experience, in this scene Michael kisses Billy on the chick Billy react by saying “You’re not a poof are you”....