My blog is late this week, but my “get out of jail free card” is that last night’s activities gave me the substance with which to write something real.
I got called off work last night. I work an hour away from home and I was there for three hours before they gave me a choice; stay or go home. They didn’t need me, but I could stay if I needed the hours. Well, with so many other things I felt I could do to be productive, I decided to leave. We were supposed to watch a movie this week, as part of our honor requirements, and before I was trying to squeeze it in on my lunch break and lose sleep to watch it before Sunday; now I had the gift of time handed to me. It’s as if the Universe said, “Here’s your opportunity to be a channel of divinity, show me what you will do with it.”
I hated to go all the way back home without at least making use of being in Knoxville, let alone on a Saturday night. I call a friend I know lives close by. She doesn’t answer, but it’s just as well. I know where I’m going. I know what I have to do.
I’m going to Karaoke.
As I’ve mentioned before, I want to be a music artist. I want to sing, write, play; the whole nine yards. I’ve been taking voice lessons and doing vocal exercises for about a month now, maybe more, and hearing notable improvement! Consequently, I understand all my work won’t matter if I can’t get comfy singing in front of a crowd. Let’s get serious; I hope to sing in front of very large crowds one day. And I’ve got to start somewhere. So I started at karaoke.
It’s about 11pm when I get there, on a Saturday night. It’s a full house. The craziest part was, I swear to you, I put the car in park and I almost couldn’t get out. I froze. Like, what am I doing here? What am I trying to prove? I’m pretty sure the Law of Substitution is what got me moving. I thought, “I’m here on business. I’m here to practice singing in front of people, nothing more/nothing less.” More on what happened later.
From our options of movies to watch this week, I chose October Sky. Mostly because I watched a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal a week or two ago and thought I’d watch him again. October Sky is based on a true story, and it is a great story in large part due to the Hero’s Journey of the main character, Homer Hickman.
Homer Hickman saw the satellite Sputnik traverse the earth’s orbit, and was so captivated and awe-inspired; he excitedly declared he would build a rocket. In response to his passionate declaration, he heard only doubt, ridicule, and dismissal…but only from those closest to him. There were individuals along the way, members of his community and such, who offered their support for his vision in the way of supplies, expertise, and importantly, shared belief in his vision.
The movie goes through many of the ups and downs “The Rocket Boys” went through. So much work!!! They risked social ostracism to form the mastermind they needed. Learning about rockets, finding the right materials, and then finding people to help them where they needed. Each rocket they built to test took a considerable amount of preparation, and with each failure there were a myriad of reasons that could be why they failed. Part of the reward for building this rocket ship was entering a regional science fair, and winning that to qualify for the national science fair, where they could possibly get scholarships to college. So much work, so many variables, and the reward seemed huge and so far away. I know how this feels! This resonates with me so deeply.
Homer Hickman was inspired, his spirit was moved seeing Sputnik fly across the sky. Not knowing anything about rockets, he resolved that he would build one.
That’s how it happens! That’s how dreams are born! So he did the work, including that of believing in his dream, believing it could become a reality, and he manifested his dream.
Similarly, I am inspired, my spirit has been moved by the power of music and how beneficial it is to individuals and humanity. Not knowing anything about music, I have resolved that I will be a music artist. So I’m learning how to sing, I’m learning how to play, and soon I will learn how to write. Last night I practiced singing in front of a crowd, and I relate it pretty closely to Homer’s first rocket. All the work and effort and preparation and it only got one to two hundred feet in the air. But they were headed in the right direction!
That’s how karaoke went. It was pretty anticlimactic, for everyone in the audience at least. For me, it was the most amazing rush. I absolutely loved it and when I was done I thought, “Wow, I want to do that again and be really amazing excellent, like blow the roof off the place!” I want to be better. I want to be an amazing performer. Used to I would feel down that I didn’t walk off stage and get handed a record deal, but that’s not the case anymore. I get it. It’s a labor of love. I’m going to practice, practice, practice, practice, practice some more, and work some more, and after enough practice and work, I know I will be amazing.
October Sky is a great movie. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a little inspiration.
Until next week, Happy Dreaming!!