I finally did it! I did something that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone and it was AWESOME. I finally stepped out in courage and told my story…… on stage…… in front of a live audience……. and they actually liked me (standing ovulation, ha!)!!
I have always been afraid of public speaking more than my fear of heights (yes it’s true, and yes I was an aerialist)! I can relate to those who fear public speaking more than death itself.
However, It truly was an amazing feeling to accomplish something that I have been so fearful of for a VERY LONG TIME. This was one of my goals!
In fact, I’m looking forward in doing more speaking engagements….. if possible. The more you practice, the better you become. This is a mantra I’m clearly aware of as my past career was much about practice, practice, practice, and than practice some more. It’s not always fun but it is always necessary.
After my speech, I walked off stage relieved and thought, “I think I might actually like this.” I may just miss the stage…….. but I truly think I just wanted to be heard. I wanted a “voice.” I’m no different than anyone else in the world. If you draw a breath you want to be heard, valued and respected like any other human being with a heartbeat. It was truly a life changing moment for me. I learned a little more about myself which is a good thing! What did I learn? That I can, I will, and I must (I did learn more but I’ll leave that to myself)!
I also met some fascinating people throughout the evening. I was surrounded by a Neurosurgeon, Attorneys, Doctors, Olympic Medalist just to name a few…… and I had the pleasure to speaking and meeting all of them. It was a blessing and an honor.
What’s next for me? That’s a very good question, but I’m working on that. Hopefully next time I’ll have someone I can personally share the experience with. If not, que sera sera… (violin playing).
“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” John F Kennedy
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn
“When your dreams include service to others- accomplishing something that contributes to others- it also accelerates the accomplishments of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.” Jack Canfield.
Live, Love, Honor, and Laugh Out Loud! Prioritize You!