Probably by the time you read this, I’ll be lying down with my feet up. The first two of five concerts is whooshing toward me this weekend, and this year I am not sick, I am not coughing, I am READY and … yet, no matter how many times I do this, I still get stage fright. Yes, welcome to my life. Our first two concerts, we’re singing in a chapel built in 1797…with such beauty and antiquity, there’s a slight feeling of being weirdly out of my element, not to mention the fact that people are paying to come and hear us. *Yikes.*
Whenever emotional overrun happens, we remember Mr. Rogers, who told us how to deal:
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” – Fred M. Rogers, 1928-2003
If I mention my anxiety about …well, everything too often, it’s because of this: everything mentionable is mangageable, and once we can talk about it, we can kick its butt.
And on that note! Arise & shine.