Courage – the ability to do something that frightens one.
I just finished another great night hosting at Cafe Koi’s Thursday Night Jazz n’ More Open Mic, and was inspired to write this post.
I am continuously in awe of all the incredible people who show up every Thursday and get up on stage. I am also extremely honored that they consider it a safe space to work through their fears. Whether it’s the pro singers who haven’t sung in years, to the beginner who is crafting their skill and stepping on the stage for the first time, to the instrumentalist who wants to develop their improvisation chops, to the person who has such true passion for singing that they keep coming back every week..what do they all have in common? Courage. The minute someone sets foot on that stage, before they sing a word, or play their first note..it was courage that got them up there in the first place, and no matter what happens after that, that person always deserves a huge round of applause because they broke through some of their biggest fears.
The Thursday night community at Koi started six years ago with the foundation of community, love and acceptance. A place for artists to feel safe to evolve in their craft, to try new things, to fail, to succeed, to grow. I learn so much from everyone that shows up of all ages. I have grown so much from this community.
I was reminded tonight, that every time I set foot on stage, I am courageous as well…breaking through some of my biggest fears. Feels good to own that.
“I am a courageous woman igniting my passion
to make a positive contribution in the world.” – Deanne Matley