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.
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