Loving your voice is a choice.
It’s bizarre: I’m doing work, important work, work I adore, and it’s all going really well. Like, pinch-my-arm levels of going well. Basically I’m living my dream.
Yet here I am, feeling like a mess, feeling lost, crying great big salty tears.
Maybe you can relate?
Maybe you’re crying your own professional tears? Maybe, on paper, life is absolutely wonderful, you’re exactly where you need to be, you’re doing exactly what you need to be doing, but it still feels overwhelming. Scary. Unknown.
I think feeling like that was common enough pre-pandemic. Now, it’s practically inevitable.
Because the last year has changed us.
We had to cancel plans, certainly. But we might have had to cancel (or at least postpone) hopes and dreams too. We’ve had to make immense cognitive shifts as well as emotional shifts. During a year when social justice and the rights of marginalized people have never been far from our minds, we may have changed how we work and who we spend time with. We may have had to ask ourselves, profoundly, how we want to show up in this new version of the world.
However you look at it, the world has changed, and we’ve had to change with it.
Essentially, life suddenly feels like one big improv class.
And of course it’s scary. Of course we’re facing moments where we can’t help but cry big salty tears.
Suddenly we’re operating without a plan. Without certainty. Without sheet music.We’re improv-ing. In life, in business, we’re all just trying to figure it out as best we can.
I know I am — hence the tears.
So here’s what I’m doing about it:
I’m approaching my life, and my work, as I would an improv class.
I’m swaying to the rhythm I’ve been given. I’m trying to release my deep-rooted desire for music. I’m trying to use my voice in harmony and in service of others.
I’m determined to sing my song, even when it feels like no one is listening.
And more than anything, I’m leaning into the fact that I’m not doing any of it alone. I’m looking to my community and thinking about how we can support each other, how we can nurture each other, how we can build each other up — most importantly, I’m looking at how we can continue singing together throughout it all.