I have a mortal fear of speaking in public. I go completely blank. Here’s the thing. It’s kind of necessary. I had an epiphany about a year ago and did everything required to teach CPR, everything until it came time to be monitored teaching a class on a subject that I have specialized in for 15 years – I froze! I love Zumba, survived 8 straight hours of intense Zumba instructor training and earned my certification. Have I taught it? Nope – freeze.
So, I joined my local ToastMasters recently, they seem like a knowledgeable and friendly bunch, right? I volunteered to be the “speech timer” person tonight and was certain that bought me safety and anonymity. Um, no. I was called on in front of everyone in the room to give an impromptu speech of about 2 minutes regarding travel. I know travel. My face beet red, my heart racing, I gracefully (not) ambled up to the lecturn and proceeded to babble something about travel,” no I won’t sue Toastmasters for calling me up here” and I’m pretty sure that I jumped in my boots when the green sign was up to tell me I was done. At the end of the meeting, they are giving out awards for “table topics” “prepared speeches” and “evaluators” and I hear my name. (insert Da Da Da) I froze, turned beet red, cackled in disbelief and worst of all, teared up. Oh no! I was shocked. People clapped and my body again gracefully (not) floated up front to have my teary face photographed. These people were being kind. But…I did it.I
Last week, my Beloved and I performed with a Flash Mob in a fancy schmancy hotel in Los Angeles with fancy schmancy dressed up folks to the tune of Pharrell William song “Happy” with Flash Mob Nation. That was wild and fun. The black jacket and scarf are to cover up the bright orange T-shirt we are all wearing. There were about 600 attendees at this charity fundraiser and we were interspersed with them. They are still mingling (kind of where we need to dance). There was this nice young-ish couple that I had been talking with a bit while waiting for our part. The music started , so I said “look up there” as the core group of mob was beginning their dance at the top of the stairs. I begin unbuttoning that jacket as I have to jump up behind core group in a minute and the look in that ladies eyes was priceless! “I knew it!! she exclaimed. Beloved and I took our places and proceeded to bust a move. It was a blast! BTW, I will be 49 years old in a few days and life is fabulous!
“Life is a Highway and I Wanna Ride it All Night Long!!!