For those of you who read here regularly and/or are friends with me on Facebook, you know about the show coming up this weekend, Listen To Your Mother. As the official “producer” of the show, and with Jennifer at my side as the director, a lot of hard work, worrying, laughter, and even a few thoughts of “Why did I sign up for this?”, have all gone into the big finish that will happen this Sunday, May 4th.
However, I have not talked very much about the fact that I am reading on the stage myself. Yes, I am not only the producer, but also a cast member.
And truthfully, I am pretty nervous.
I admitted that to you all so that maybe I can just let it go from here. Fly away nervousness, let’s ride the adrenalin all the way home!
I totally just convinced myself, right?
Talking in front of a group of people has never been my favorite thing. In fact, I think maybe singing in front of people is easier for me.
But I started thinking about it today and how I told myself over a year ago that this was something I really wanted to do.
I sent in a submission for the Austin show last year and even though it was not chosen, I put it out there and there was a chance that I would end up on stage.
Jennifer and I like to tease and say we had to make our own show happen just so we could get up there and tell our stories, so I never thought of backing out of reading. And frankly, I need to read this.
The piece I am reading is something that means so very much to me. It’s about MY OWN journey into motherhood and I think it will hit close to home for many in some way or another. There are many things that are universal in motherhood, even though sometimes we do not always want to admit it or even like to.
Who knows if anyone will say “Me too” after I read it out loud but I would bet that at least one person will think it.
And that is why I believe it is so important for me to tackle these nerves and tell the butterflies in my tummy to chill out, because SHARING our stories is something we must do – for our own selves and for others. I believe that is one of the main reasons Ann created this show. And I believe it is one of the reasons it will continue on and on…
p.s. yes, this is me being BRAVE again. Listen To Your Mother has helped A LOT with that goal this year!