Everybody knows that frogs sing. Most of us can sing pretty well. Others, not to much. I fall into that later category.
Normally, I save my outings for the weekend, but last night a group of us went to the local Lily Pad karaoke joint. It's called Sing-Sing and is a play on the name of the famous jail in New York. It's decorated to look like a jail on the inside and the staff are dressed as guards. It's pretty cute. Many of the entertainers last night, myself included, needed to be hauled off to the real Sing-Sing. Our performances were criminal! None-the-less, we had tons of fun.
I learned a valuable lesson, too. Even though I was apprehensive about going, I'm fully aware that I have no singing talent, I learned that it's okay to let loose and have fun once in awhile. We all like to do the things we're good at but, every so often, it can be kind of fun to be the one that's awful. Not everything in life has to be a competition. Sometimes it's all about being with friends and going out for an evening without regard to who's the best singer, the smartest one, the funniest...
We all have our strengths and weaknessness. Mine strength certainly isn't singing. But that doesn't mean I can enjoy myself at the karaoke club. Sure, the audience likes to listen to the performers who have real talent, but they like those of us who can't sing, too. They can relate to us...many of them probably can't sing either. It might even give them the confidence to try it themselves.
The next time you get invited to do something out of your comfort zone; something you know you "stink" at, go ahead and join in. You'll probably have a great time, I know I did. And, who knows, you might inspire someone else to give it a shot! Life isn't always a competition and even when it seems like it is, there will always be others who are better, brighter, funnier. Just be who who are and you'll be fine. Nothing is as appealing as self-confidence...even when you sing off key.