Last week my daughter was in the school talent show and she sang My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music without any music.
I encouraged her to be in it because her teacher was the organizer for it but I wasn’t going to force her to if she really didn’t want to. I was surprised when she agreed and went through the tryouts and rehearsals.
It wasn’t that I expected her to quit but when things are going on in her life I often think about how I felt at the same age and use my own experiences to help me understand hers.
But Alex is not me. I was so shy at her age I wouldn’t have had anything to do with the talent show. She is so much more outgoing than I am. But this was her first stage experience and she was nervous but she went through with it and had a wonderful time. I joke that I have the confidence to stand up on stage now but that my singing voice is SO bad that people would run screaming from the auditorium with bleeding ears.
And we should all have this confidence when we are trying new things. We need to have the confidence to take a change and to maybe even fail. Whenever I feel fear, I am going to watch this video and remember that I can do anything. I might fail or I might fall off the stage but I will have tried something new.
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