My one time in the spotlight

When I was younger, I was fearless, yet aware of said consequences. My sister would disagree, but I was unlike most teens in that I thought out what would happen if I did xyz…I learned this habit by playing chess. My dad taught me how to play when I was seven; he’d said the secret to playing chess was to think ten moves ahead. With this advice under my tow, as I grew up, I’d try to envision what could possibly happen in any given scenario, in chess and in life.

So imagine the fearless younger me returning, one hot night in August. The band playing the restaurant I worked at asked me if I wanted to sing. I am no singer, by any means, but I had always wanted to be one. After one minute of pondering I realized this would probably be the only chance I’ve ever get to sing on stage, trained or not, so I accepted the invitation. Two tequila shots later and I was on the raised gazebo platform in the tapas restaurant. I told them the only song I knew by heart was I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor and luckily they knew the piece.

When the music started, I naturally closed my eyes. I wanted to lose myself to the moment. I wanted to pretend I was in my bedroom as a teen, singing the song off the top of my lungs post a breakup with my two-timing boyfriend. No one, not even him could deter my desire to survive. I gave it my all. It felt good to do something I had always wanted to do: sing on stage. It wasn’t karaoke, it was a real band and I was the only singer and it made me feel like a million bucks.

I only wish someone was there to record it because the only proof I have this happened is the picture that was taken afterwards. I was on cloud nine, I felt like I could do anything I wanted. Remembering that day has inspired me to do more things I fear doing.

The more you overcome your fears, the more you desire to overturn them.

I would do anything to relive that night. I could still recall the high I felt when I got off the stage, hearing friends, co-workers and guests in the restaurant tell me I did a great job. It was one moment, but it was worth more than money could buy.

Next time you have a chance to do something you’d never think you could do — do it. After all, you only live once. Why not make the most of it.

Me, far right, with band Guitarra Azul and some friends