It’s occurred to me lately how, when I began performing, I was trying to prove to myself (and, I suppose, to some imaginary group of people in my head) that I was actually talented, worthy of being up on stage.
As I have continued to gain confidence as a musician and learn how to let in the positive affirmation I receive when I share my gift of playing and composing and singing, it’s been fairly liberating to realize that I have nothing to prove to anyone.
All I really need to do is enjoy the moment that I am up on that stage, relish the joy that it brings to others, and make sure I give my all and feel as satisfied as possible with how present I was able to be.
I am blessed with a gift and ever grateful that God has graced me with the good health and presence of mind to pursue my dream of being an international performer.
There is no real person or group of people in my head … that is just a mirage of something that can cause worry or doubt, neither of which is productive or necessary.
Franklin Roosevelt once famously said, “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” To me, the essence of that sentence is that being afraid in the first place is the problem, not the thing that we are fearing.
I apply this thought to myself—thinking I have something to prove is the problem to being with, not the actual idea that there is something to prove.
Whomever you are, whatever you do, however far along you feel in the pursuit of your dream—prove only to yourself that you want what you want, and that you deserve it. Truly, nothing else matters.
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Upcoming Live Performances
My performance schedule changes dynamically, as I book additional “gigs.” Right now, at the time of this post, you can see me entertaining over the next few weeks at the dates, times, and places listed below. To see my most up-to-date schedule, visit my website.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Georgetown Piano Bar (3287 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007)
7:00 – 12:00 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.)