I was in college and although I wasn't a harp major, my teacher asked me to join in the other harp-major quintet to perform in the major recital of the year. Not only was I playing with the harp majors, but the piece we were playing was composed by one of the most well-known harpist in the harp world. AND he was going to be in attendance that night. If that weren't enough pressure, I had a small small solo in the very beginning. It wasn't difficult, and in fact I learned it right off and began to tackle the more difficult remainder of the piece.
The night came. Our five harps were set up in a semi-circle and we walked out on stage and took our seats. Could we say my heart was pounding and a whole ramble of butterflies in my stomach, trying to escape? We began our piece and my turn came for my itty bitty solo. What came from my harp was a discord, mumbled, jumbled mess. It was as though every single one of my fingers were on the wrong string. I wasn't sure what to do, so I just stopped playing. Luckily the next soloist jumped in with her part. I had just flopped in front of hundreds of people, my fellow harpists, my professor, and the very composer.
I learned something very valuable, however. Those few simple measures I was so confident about should have had my attention as much as the remainder of the complicated piece, and it certainly didn't keep me from playing again.
Recently I was asked to participate in a miniature version of Project Runway called Project Play and Run. Every time I thought about it I would get butterflies in my stomach and my heart would be a bit faster [just take a look at who I'm up against], which meant I was being challenged, which is what we all need sometimes. Those ruts get awfully comfortable, cozy and easy, you know? Each week we are given a new challenge [that is if I don't get voted off immediately] that we interpret and come up with a look for a child that falls within the theme of the week. I'm excited. And nervous. But I do love a good challenge, even if I fall flat....on my fingers.
I don't believe you are nervous one bit. You have all the confidence. You got this!ReplyDelete
Ohhh so excited! Can't wait to follow along :) You are going to do great! Think of how much you have to share, not just within the sewing world, but with your life. Shine your light!ReplyDelete
I am certainly excited to follow along and see what you create! Good luck!! You'll be fabulous.ReplyDelete
Is this the the same Caty who went on a study abroad to Paris in 1998? Very cool blog a very beautiful family!ReplyDelete
Em beat me to it. Is this Katy from Paris? If it is, I found your blog in the strangest of strange ways. You are as beautiful as ever and so is your family and blog.ReplyDelete
Monica and Emily, you both need to email me pronto!ReplyDelete
can't wait to see what you do. love all your creativity.ReplyDelete
I'm super excited! Good luck, you'll do great, I just know it!ReplyDelete
What a great story and a really important lesson. Best of luck! I can't wait to see what you come up with!ReplyDelete
I can't seem to find your email address on your blog. Help? firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Oh KATY! How great! You are going to to fabulously!ReplyDelete
I feel the same way, Katy! I am so nervous. I think it will be a fun time - even though as I right this I have butterflies in my stomach - LOL!ReplyDelete
Have a great day,
PS: You're going to do GREAT!!!
i'd never heard the harp concert story. thanks for sharing—especially for the words of wisdom, too.ReplyDelete
good luck in the competition. i hope that above all, you ENJOY it.
You will do great! You have such a unique and inspiring perspective on your designs and I can't wait to see what you do! Good luck!ReplyDelete
I can't imagine you being nervous... you're sewing is so gorgeous! My personal goal is just to make it to Week 2. :)ReplyDelete
So fun to be doing this with you!