I posted on Facebook with enthusiasm that I now had two weeks of vacation but nowhere to go. And when my friend, Shannon, made the side comment that I could meet her in Tuscan, AZ and we could drive back it was a thirty minute decision before I purchased the plane ticket and I sent her a text that I would meet her in 2 weeks. I could only envision the look of shock on her face. You see, Shannon introduces me to her free spirited friends as her "more conservative and reserved friend with a two drink max". So the fact that I bought a plane ticket to go somewhere random, to stay with a house full of people I knew nothing about, and was putting my life in her hands freely and openly was a complete shock. Even when I saw her she told me "I'm impressed that you really came out here!" But that's not all I had in store for my carefree spirited friend. I was determined to give her at least a little bit of a run for her money....
First night in town on my Arizona trip consisted of going to a karaoke bar because my friend Shannon is a diehard fan, to put it mildly....But karaoke isn't what I remembered it being in the past. More of these people sounded like they should be on American Idol, Shannon included! I think I really need to take the time to point out that I was a dancer and NOT a singer.
I told them about Chasing Stormi which somehow interpreted into Stormi was going to sing karaoke. Great. Now I was going to have to apologize to a room full of strangers in advance....But the book was HUGE and everyone wanted it so I picked a song that I thought I knew well enough and waited my turn. The DJ was terrible. He was picking whoever he wanted to sing and new people weren't getting their chance as often as the regulars. So as I sipped on liquid courage I noticed that my voice was going all together because we were yelling while trying to have some conversations while we waited for what felt like an eternity. So I started drinking water and automatically started signing to Shannon since we went through the Interpreting Training Program together and I knew she could understand me.
Just as we prepared to leave, the DJ called "Next is Stormi!". Seriously? I had no voice! How was I going to sing?! But I promised myself that I was going to continue to get out of my comfort zone even on vacation so up I went. Usually I have no issue being on stage, but that was as a dancer. I can sing in a chorus as long as I have a voice to match with, but all karaoke has is words. That aren't in time with the music more often than not I learned quickly. Awesome. I have no voice and I have words that aren't matching the tune! Well, I had ironically chosen "So What?" by Pink as my song and it was time to just give up trying to be good and have some fun!
I squeaked out the song as loud as I could and started rocking out adding some dance moves. Shannon and my new friends cheered politely, a group of girls were jumping up and down like me singing and dancing in the corner and that was all I could see from the stage lights. I messed up the in between parts, but you know what? "So what?" Ha! By the end of the song I knew I could proudly check karaoke off my list. Not sure I would do it again, but I felt pretty cool that I had jumped up there. And with no voice none the less! I honestly feel like Chasing Stormi is making me braver and I hope it is helping you too. Normally, I would have sat on the floor and just listened to everyone, but instead I got up there, faced the fear of pure humiliation, and sang/danced my heart out without hesitation after the first few seconds. Go me! So what are YOU going to sing?...
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!