I was always one of the shyest people in all of my classes, I would rarely speak up if I didn’t agree with something, and I definitely did not like giving presentations in class. So, why would someone like me have any experience with something as utterly embarrassing as going to sing at a karaoke night?
A few friends and I decided to go do a karaoke “girls night” just for fun, and I figured I would just sit and watch. But, I was wrong. So, after signing up and waiting for what seemed like hours (trying not to puke from the butterfly party in my stomach), my name was finally called. I had reached the point of no return. Showtime.
As soon as I put my mouth up to the microphone I realized that no one cared how good or bad I sounded. If they were singing, they were probably more focused on being nervous themselves; and if they weren’t, they were wishing they had the guts to.
Needless to say, I don’t remember how well I did or not, but that night changed my life because I learned some valuable lessons:
1. Karaoke (or any kind of performance in front of a crowd) is a fun challenge, and should be seen as such. It teaches you how to have fun and goof off even if you’re shaking so much from the nerves you can barely walk.
2. You can surprise yourself. Ever hear that saying “You are your harshest critic”? It’s true. So many times we unnecessarily underestimate ourselves. We should be confident in our abilities, even those we may not know we have until we try something new!
3. Speaking of trying something new…try something new! You’ll never know if you like something until you try it. You might find your new favorite hobby, or even something that could lead to a career!
4. It doesn’t matter what other people think, because in the end it all comes down to how you feel and what you think about yourself. So don’t let other people’s perceptions of you change the way you see yourself.
5. Your true friends are the ones who cheer and clap and yell for you, even when you’re at your worst. Including when you can’t hit the high notes or forget the lyrics.
6. It’s cliché, but you can do anything you want to do… you just have to decide to do it. So close your eyes, take a deep breath, and jump in with both feet first!