Happy Spring! I’m sitting here enjoying my coffee and listening to a story on NPR about Pretty Yende, a South African Soprano. What a voice! What a dream! She was 16 and heard the Flower Duet from Lakme (listen, it’s gorgeous) on a commercial. Going to her music teacher the next day, she asked what that was and he explained opera to her. She joined the choir and the teacher told her (at some point) that she was not a singer. She should stick to her plan to be an accountant. BAM! She made her debut at The Met two years ago (famously falling at the bottom of a set of steps upon her entrance). Here she is in “Carmen”. GORGEOUS!
I tell you this story to say that I’ve been in her position many times. Not literally, of course. I’ve been “encouraged” to just stay where I’m at; I’ve fallen “at the bottom of the steps” and I’ve “made my debut at The Met”. I think the best place to have been was at the bottom of the steps. WHY? Yes, I’ve just embarrassed myself, possibly hurt something and I’ve got to get up gracefully in a costume. HOWEVER, I still get the opportunity to continue performing and finish with thunderous applause. Make sense? Right now, I feel as if I’m at the bottom of the steps. I’ve just closed my business and, while I’m still very successful with my music studio, I feel as if I’ve bruised myself pretty good and possibly broken my ankle. Some of my relationships are in a weird transition place that make me doubt myself. Roller derby gives me great joy but last night’s practice was awful (for me). I spent more time on the floor than on my damn skates! Monetary issues make me feel as if I’m scrabbling to just stay afloat. Spiritually I feel a bit…dead. YIKES! And addiction issues that will take me down if I don’t address them soon.
So, what to do? Gather up my skirts, acknowledge the fall, stand up and continue singing? I’d kind of like to slink off into the wings and just stop. Let the understudy go on!!!!!!! Wait, there’s no understudy in life. Crap! It’s time to stand up and continue. CRAP!
I’m so blessed. My personality really doesn’t allow me to just stop. I struggle with depression almost every day. It’s a genetic thing…I think. But, I’m also designed to fight. Fight and push through. I know too many people who do just stop. They stop and hide and they do slink off to the wings. It makes me very sad. I cannot allow this to happen. I must continue.
I write this not to get sympathy but hopefully to encourage someone else. And to encourage myself. Fight. Push through. Gather your skirts around you, stand up, acknowledge the fall and CONTINUE!
Let’s Do This! Kelly