Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Everyone needs a friend that will call and say, “Get dressed, we’re going on an adventure. Unknown
We can take a chance and grow or we can hang back. That’s our choice in life. Last night was comedy night, and I did my first attempt at stand-up comedy in a bar. It was a friendly Toastmaster event, it wasn’t that big of a leap, but it was a leap.
Comedy is hard, some people are naturally funny, and I’m not one of them. My strengths, I’m told is I’m insightful and inspiring, implied with that is, I’m not funny. The people who can get up there and talk without being too scripted I envy. If one gets up on stage often enough a stage presence gets developed. A lot of it is practice, practice, practice. It was a fun night, and if laughter is the best medicine we laughed a lot.
Our crowd was smaller than it would have been if the Raptors weren’t playing their sixth game against the Golden State Warriors. The woman who put on the events parents were in the audience, her father had his phone on so he could keep track of the score. We were losing when I left the event but by the time I got home, we were up by one point, for about a minute.
I couldn’t stay awake and went to bed. My family might have been relieved to see me go as I didn’t stay up for most of the games, and staying up for game five they might have thought I jinxed it. That any of us have that kind of power is ridiculous? It seems silly we think we might affect something we have no control over, but we don’t think we have that kind of power in our own lives.
When we get the chance to dance, we should dance. We never know when new opportunities will come our way. We grow when we grab onto the ones that do, we stagnate if we don’t look for new ones.
That is will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson
Once we’ve tried to write a comedy routine, we’ll never look at a comic quite the same way again. There is the material which might be great, the delivery which might be great, great delivery, or great material. It really works when the delivery and the material resonates with the audience.
A drink was included in the evening. My drink ticket was left on the table; I drank lemon and water. This morning my daughter and husband said I should have had the drink, “It would have loosened you up.” I don’t want to be that kind of speaker, performer, comic, the one who needs a few drinks. What if I had that drink and put on the best performance of my life. Would I always be trying to recreate that? Could it become a problem? One drink worked once, but then you try two, and then three, and then… Am I worried about a slippery slope I don’t need to? Then, of course, there is driving home. I’m always comfortable if I can truthfully say, “Officer, I had nothing to drink.”
If the opportunity presents itself I would do a standup routine again. Will I seek one out, probably not? If you receive a call to adventure will you take it?
Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. Frank Herbert
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