I was recently listening to Les Brown as he talked about how when he stepped into his greatness, his life got easier, not harder. He talked about the 14 years when his mentor tried to show him his greatness but he refused to see it. Then, when he finally decided to step up to the plate in his life, everything he needed was provided with grace and ease. Somehow I just knew he was telling the truth.
Just this weekend, I was DJ GAL-VanIZed at the Agape Toastmasters Red Carpet. It’s perfect for me to be a DJ because music is a lifelong interest and influence in my life. Every time I DJ in public or play a mix, I meet people who want to hire me, this weekend included. It’s possible that I’ll get to do a gig that I’ve been wanting to do for years. When I have more details, I’ll share them here. At this point, I’m just happy to have had the conversation. It lets me know someone or something is listening, including me.
There was a period of time in my life when, playing music loud and dancing wildly became “not okay”. I tried to grow up, tone down my exuberance and “get serious”. But as soon as someone turned the music on, my music lover switch also came on. I realized that I had to make peace with whatever rules I had made up about music and dancing, I had to take my love for music out of the closet and just do it because it’s my thing.
Agape Toastmasters helped me overcome a lot of fears, including the fear of playing “my music” in front of others. Because the music I listened to most of my life is the music I wasn’t supposed to listen to. Maybe you know what I mean, maybe not but I think I convey the story best here in this video I did at open mic night in 2011 when I was truly busting out of the cocoon. “That’s what girls do“.
With the New Year approaching, it’s a great time to throw out useless ideas about what you can and cannot do. It’s the ideal time to let go of the past and start anew, living from the heart. What will you let go of? What does living from the heart mean to you?