I love singing and karaoke. Like, a lot. I’m not the world’s best singer, but I love the experience. It’s just fun for me. I’m sure if you’ve read my blog at all before this, you won’t be surprised that I really love to sing Britney Spears when I go out for karaoke with my friends. I try to make it fun for everyone by including rather ridiculous dance moves, too.
A few weeks ago, my friends said that there was a country karaoke contest at a bar and grill near us. They said they wanted to go watch people sing, and that the venue itself was really fun, since they have a huge outdoor area. Of course I said I was game to go check it out, and as we were planning, they suggested I enter. If they’d asked me six months ago when I was really struggling with all of the weight I’d put on from medications, I probably would have said no. Now, however, I’ve been working on my mindset a lot more, and I am not going to miss out on enjoyable experiences because I’m worried that other people will judge my appearance or even my voice. I was all in, until I found out that the first couple of weeks were a capella. That’s a lot harder, and country isn’t really in my wheelhouse, too, so it was a bit scary. I practiced a song a little, but my best friend was in town for a few days before the contest and I didn’t have the song ready to go, so I decided to not perform. That decision lasted for approximately one and a half beers, and I decided to be a late entry once they said I could look at my lyrics on my phone while I sang. I did well enough that the judges decided that they wanted me to come back next week, but they told me to practice, and I decided to do just that.
My friend posted a video of my performance of facebook, and if I can get her to set it to public instead of private I can show you the result of my preparation. I’ll admit that I worked a lot last week and didn’t have nearly as much practice as I’d have liked, but I still got up on that stage again after some rough comments from the judges last week. I’m proud of what I did, and a capella isn’t easy. Did I look exactly how I want to look? No, but I love myself a lot more now, and I was grateful for a healthy and strong body that allowed me to go and have fun with my girlfriends and to get up on that stage and have an amazing time on that mic, and that’s what counts.
So, what are you waiting for? What is something that you want to do, or enjoy doing, that you’ve been putting off? It can be a job, a business you want to start, a relationship you want to try to begin or enrich, a hobby, or anything, really. The time is now to reach for your dreams and goals. There are really talented people in this contest, and I don’t think for a minute that I’m going to win. That’s OK-this means a lot more to them than it does for me. I’m in this contest for the experience because it’s a fun hobby for me, and it makes it more fun for both me and my friends who love to come along. I have a really fun song and routine I’m doing with it planned for next week, because I did move on to the next week of the competition, and that was my goal: reaching next week where we’ll have background music. I don’t want to be a professional singer, and there are people in the contest who would love that opportunity, and I’ll be thrilled for the eventual winner. I think it’s important to recognize what talents I have and to find out which of them I can really develop to help me towards goals and passions that are important to me.
Having fun, bonding with friends, and doing things that scare us just a little bit should be goals for all of us. It’s not always about work. Everyone needs to have balance in their lives! Now that I’m an empty nester and can control my pain from my many physical issues by working from home and doing exercise that can help, I have the time and energy to do fun things with friends sometimes. I need to make sure that’s happening, and I count it as a form of self care. Please do the same for yourself!
Tell me in the comments: is there something that you have been putting off for fear that you’re not good enough or ready for? What do you do for fun with your friends?
Love, light, laughter, and slightly above average amatuer singing,