Day 7 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Raising My Voice (i.e. singing with a choir...)

The below is from the original Facebook posts on March 7th 2017:

Day 7 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Raising My Voice (i.e. singing with a choir...)

One week into this personal leadership development experiment and I never anticipated doing some of the things I've done over the past week. It blows my mind a little bit, and in the best way possible! Thank you SO much for the messages of encouragement and ideas that are rolling in. It's really humbling :). And, thanks to Christina for being so willing to join in with today's challenge - you're amazing!

Today's challenge came to me in a brainwave upon waking up and hearing MILCK's song 'Quiet'. The challenge I'd thought of doing was (1) going along to a CHOIR REHEARSAL, which I DID (!!!) tonight and then, if I felt confident enough, to (2) participate with the live performance. However, in my brainwave I'd slightly got the timelines wrong, thinking that one event would be tonight and the second event would be the following Wednesday. It turns out that the live performance is actually TOMORROW happening c. 11.15-11.30am outside of parliament/the Beehive (my brain is thinking: WTF are you doing?!?!). Can someone please say something nice to the things in charge of the weather? That would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

 These women are AMAZING! Singing with them was a truly powerful and uplifting experience.

These women are AMAZING! Singing with them was a truly powerful and uplifting experience.

It turns out that singing in a group is an incredibly beautiful experience for so many of the senses! The women, of all ages, were so kind and welcoming. From an early age I remember loving singing (although I was certainly no opera singer) and could hold a basic tune. However, as a teenager it became a 'thing' that only the really good singers would continue singing in choirs, bands or individually. My talent was for the flute and playing badminton, so I stuck with these arenas. Today's activity has shown me that I can go back to these activities that I loved at a child, despite my level of talent. With a bit of practice, encouragement and time invested, a person can improve at most things. And, most importantly (which I need to constantly remind myself), one does not need to be perfect at something to do it. Enjoying it and having some level of skill is enough to start! (I'm going to return to these musings when I try another challenge in the next few weeks that I haven't done in years, e.g. ballet or performing on the flute!)

Performing tomorrow, in public, is over-the-moon-outside-of-my-comfort-zone. If anyone in Wellington is able to take even just 15 minutes out of their day from 11.15am tomorrow to come to outside of parliament/the Beehive and share some support or words of encouragement, it may stop my shaking knees for one second and remind me to take a breath. I'll post links below to information about tomorrow's performance that is occurring on International Women's Day. What a day!!

With a sense of trepidation and hope, I close off on day 7's challenge <3 xx

Jennifer Young