I am NOT a public speaker. The thought makes my skin break out into red splotches. But I pushed myself past my comfort zone and participated in the Open Mic Newbie Night.
After several light-hearted, humorous pieces, I wobbled up to the podium and changed the tone with my young adult dark fantasy. I forgot about my racing heartbeat and the judgement from faces staring at me. I read for about five minutes.
The applause enveloped me with love. I did it! I took a risk and faced my fear. Not only did I read in front of an audience, but I shared my creativity, something that came from my heart and soul. And I survived.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
Stare fear in the face and stick out your tongue.