Marjie (aka Aria Diva) & Ruth (aka Patsy Cline)
As we grow older, we become better at managing the speedbumps or … do we simply protect ourselves by removing them!?
Last week as I was attempting to memorize my music for the North Shore Music Festival, I hit the wall, and then the panic set in. I contacted my voice coach, Katy Hedalen
, to withdraw. She gently brought me to a place of understanding that I could give myself permission to ‘not have to be perfect
’ and to embrace the experience for some fun and learning.
Needless to say, I reconsidered and I went to the festival. As I waited two hours for my name to be called by the adjudicator, my heart was pounding, the lyrics had disappeared and I was certain I was ‘on a sinking ship’. Well, my name was eventually called, the gods and the stars aligned and much to my own surprise, “I nailed it”.
I realize I gave myself permission to ‘do the best I could do considering the circumstances’ and I had the freedom to ‘show-up’ and have some fun. I had underestimated my own capacity and I would have easily forgone what has become one of the first moments my heart has beaten since my dad died in December. It’s a thin edge we dance on when finding that healthy portion of stress to pull us up over the edge, but I see how easily we as adults will say no, before allowing ourselves to say ‘YES’.
Where can you cut yourself some slack, and grant yourself permission to say ‘YES’!!!
Life Coaching with Ruth
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