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Out Loud and Proud | Manolo for the Big Girl

Out Loud and Proud

Some of you may remember that last fall I wrote about getting back into choral singing. Well, the post-holiday session of the chorus has begun. We’re a tiny group this time. So far four of us have shown up, only one of whom is not an alto. She’s holding her own against the onslaught of deep voices, but she could use an ally. It feels good to sing out loud in front of others again. It’s something joyful that I let slip away for far too many years. I feel invigorated when I get done with a session, and the women I sing with all keep telling me I’ve got a great voice. So I have a challenge for each and every one of you: if there’s something you’ve let slip out of your life that you love, try to pick it up again. We all tell ourselves that we’re not good enough at something we love, that we don’t have time, that nobody would care if we did it or not. The truth is that even if you’re no good at it, if it gives you pleasure it’s worth doing. If it makes you feel good about you, it’s worth doing.  The essence of being superfantastic lies in being the best of ourselves, in treating ourselves well and with affection, in  believing we are worthy of the best available to us. So find something you love and give yourself permission to do it. You’ll thank yourself in the end. 

5 Responses to “Out Loud and Proud”

  1. La Petite Acadienne February 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    You’re just spooky. Last night I went to our local burger joint to pick up supper, and saw a flier for a three-day fiddle workshop. I’ve barely picked up my fiddle in the last four years, and really miss it, but haven’t gotten off my ass to actually find someone to help me continue my lessons. I was so excited when I saw this flier that I figured it was my heart basically smacking me upside the head and saying “Do this!” And then this morning I see your post….

  2. Shameka February 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    I won’t confess what I’ve dropped over the years, but I am strongly considering picking it back up. :) Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. jen209 February 9, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    As soon as I save enough money to buy a new clarinet, I am definitely going to get back into concert band or orchestra. I discovered there are several community bands around that I could join – I just had to start googling. I miss being part of that type of team.

  4. Twistie February 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    La Petite Acadienne, clearly The Universe Has Spoken. Get thee to fiddle lessons!

    Shameka, whatever it may be, I hope you do pick it back up. Have fun with it!

    jen209, I’ll be thinking good, clarinetty thoughts for you! Incidentally, the clarinet was Mr. Twistie’s first instrument. No real point to the observation, just noting it.

  5. abdabs February 11, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    Your post, plus a bunch of stuff IRL, has prompted me to get back into some of the stuff I’ve loved doing. Join a choir, go back to dance classes, find a gym with group classes, and see if there’s a rowing crew that’ll take me.

    Thanks for the extra nudge.