Out from behind the mic stand

Yesterday was the first band practice I took the mic out of the stand and sang with just the mic. It was a revelation. Eventually.

First it felt very scary and exposed. Then I realised I didn’t have to stand up straight, I didn’t have to hold my arms up across my ample busom. I could move around!

Movement is expression, I started smiling, moving my one arm out to my side, opening my chest, lifting my ribs. I could suddenly get more air and that high note I’d been drifting around for ages? I belted it out, I nailed it and the other folks in the band? They noticed (and complimented me, thanks guys :) )

Hiding or propping myself up is easy and safe. It’s something we frequently do to make things ‘quicker’ or easier on ourselves. Props can be tools, practises, services and often people. Blindly relying on dodgy dropping if stands, unmaintained tools, ill fitting practises, out of date services is not going to help progress in the short term or the long run. Assuming that an expert in one field knows absolutely everything, is completely up to date and is senior in every field is darn risky to say the very least.

Not hiding ourselves is scary to start with, we are exposed and seem vulnerable: a bit like butterflies just hatching. But. Not hiding gives us so much more room to play, to experiment, presents us with the freedom to be the biggest and best form of ourselves. We can give so much more, share what we really know and understand.

Coming out from behind the mic stand is much easier than spending hours trying hit a note that a restricted set of lungs will never be able to produce.

So what are you hiding behind that holds you back?

Pausing for thought

Birthdays are always a good excuse for pausing, taking stock and checking life is still on the path you’ve chosen. For fun, and also because I am a curious soul that cares about what other people think and how they measure me, I did a Myers-Briggs test again today.

Apparently, according to my results my most likely careers are writing and counselling and the most important facet of a job for me is how meaningful it is. I find this very interesting in the light of two observations of my early life I had believed for a very long time: that I am a selfish person and that writers must have something to write about.

Times have changed since I first heard those comments, there is an influence on writing styles which has evolved, insisting that 800 words is enough for anyone in one sitting, one must assume that the reader has no attention span and that only one sentence should be used in a paragraph. In addition it seems anyone can write about anything so not having anything meaningful to write about is no longer a barrier. I’m not sure I agree with the turn writing is taking but in my selfish need for permission to write I’m going to take it and run!