The Show: Monday Motivation #32
I’ve spent the past 2 Saturdays in the company of young actors (as my son has been accepted into the Rainbow Company, a very well-known and respected youth acting troupe). I watched the kids and young adults interact, even watching some of them audition.
It brought to mind the way we so often act in our lives – not act as in behave but act as in how we cast ourselves in a specific role and then work to fill it – even if it means learning scripts and becoming something that isn’t quite genuine.
Momma taught us about being polite, cordial, and proper; I think that certainly those things have a place in new relationships as we get to know someone.
But where does that “cordial me” break away and my authentic self get revealed? When can I stop being “appropriate” and start being all of my authentic self? If life were an equalizer, when can I begin to adjust the treble and drop the bass to reveal more of my true self?
Sitting there watching these kids interact, I was delighted and amazed to see them willing to be their authentic selves within minutes of meeting each other. I thought “oh, to be young again;” and then I realized what I was thinking about: I wanted to be young again so that I could trust like that – so that I could be my authentic self with others and not worry so much about their acceptance.
I need not be young to have those qualities. I only need to be deliberate. It reminds me of the time my bestie laughed herself silly and razzed me saying “dance, Monkey, dance” when the boss wouldn’t allow anyone else to brief all the big wigs that came to our base in Iraq.
When the lights are on, I sure do know how to play the part of entertainer…
But when is it my time to be just me? When do the stage lights come down so the actress can become the woman again?
I’m thinking about that as I press into my son’s first week in high school. I wonder how many days the freshmen will spend getting their “shine on” and when they will feel at home simply being themselves.
This Monday’s motivation comes with a ticket, a ticket to authenticity. It’s a great show, playing every night – and there are no bad seats in the entire house! I hope you will join me there. 🙂
What gives you “stage fright” in social situations? Please comment below in answer to that question or any other thoughts and feelings about “acting” versus “keeping it real.”