I’m getting kinda nervous.
See, I’m going to a Karaoke party for a charity on Friday night and I told the 2 fabulous chairs and everyone at my office and my family and the friend who is taking me as his guest and really now that I am telling you guys…
Well, let’s just say that I told A LOT of people that I would sing Friday night.
So that’s why I’m nervous.
Now, I can sing – I was a theatre major in college (notice I even used the fancy spelling of theatre, like I did back then when I wanted to be in the THEATRE and project to the balcony). My parents would tell you that they paid a lot of good money for me to be able to sing on stage. But even though I can do it, it’s been a long time and I’m still a little nervous.
The older that I get, the less I want to try something new. I know what I’m good at and what I’m not. I just no longer attempt things that I’m not good at. I don’t have to disappoint myself or anyone else. I don’t have to get nervous. And I don’t have to learn anything new. Life is easy. But how boring is that?
What if that was what we told kids? What if we told the children we work with at Community Partners of Dallas that they should just follow the patterns of violence that they already know too well? What if we told them that their lives were never going to change – that adults will always use and abuse them, that they will never have a wish fulfilled in life, that they will never have a better life? That they are victims and that they will be victims for the rest of their lives?
No, we don’t tell the kids that because we truly believe that they can change the cycle. I’ll sing for them on Friday.
But I’m still a little nervous.