[ My life was a movie ]
During my senior year in high school, I was asked to dance in the student rally talent show. This was a special thing because I never felt like I was accepted by the cool people who organized the pep rallies. I knew I was weird, loud, and highly energetic. This invitation made me feel wanted.
Twenty years later, I can still recall how it felt to perform. Once the music began, I felt in my element. While doing my routine to “I Like To Move It,” I could see the smiling faces of every single person in the audience. I had never since this reaction from my peers before. It did not matter if they didn’t like me, in this moment, for some odd reason, everyone wanted to watch me succeed and celebrate it.
Then I did the moonwalk.
The entire room jumped to their feet and there was an explosion of cheers. I felt instant butterflies in my stomach and my smile became un-erasable. My heartbeat increased from the sudden increase in joy.
After the rally, I was approached by the “90210” girls in my class. For those who don’t get the reference, think “Mean Girls” or “Heathers.” They complimented me on my performance and seemed to want to talk and be seen with me. I thanked them and ran off with my friends.
I felt like I was in an 80s High School movie. It was awesome!!!
For me, the highlight of this experience was the roar from the crowd when I did the moonwalk. That reaction was everything. It reaffirmed where my passion will remain forever - in the performing arts. The joy I get to bring others completely fulfills me.
Now, it’s your turn. If you have a memory that reaffirmed your passion, please share in the comments below or PM me. I want to get inspired by your story.