Okay, I admit it, I’m an attention whore. I love it, I crave it. I try really hard not to beg for it, but when there’s a chance to display myself in a way that I think will receive positive attention, I’m all about it.
I sing karaoke every chance I get. I have a decent voice, not amazing or anything, but in a room full of drunk people you’d think I was Kelly Clarkson or someone similar. Hearing the announcer call my name, walking up to the microphone, and waiting for those first few notes, yeah I feel nervous. But almost as soon as I start singing, I just feel happy. And when I put the microphone back on the stand, do my little appreciative wave and nod to the audience, and head back to my seat, I’m elated. On a “yeah, I just kicked ass” high. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. Especially if my friends tell me I sounded good!
In high school I did a lot of community theater. My school didn’t have the funds or the interest for a real drama group or musical theater, so I participated in every community production I could find. Sometimes I worked backstage and sometimes onstage. I loved every minute of it. I loved the costumes and scenery and the audience and getting up on stage and feeling the butterflies in my stomach.
This past Friday I had the chance to display myself on another medium- radio! I signed up to be in the studio audience of a local morning radio show and the show’s host always chooses a few people from the audience to talk to on air based on questionnaires we had to fill out before hand. When I was filling out my questionnaire I thought there was no way they’d put me on the air- I’m so boring! But they did! And I think I did a pretty good job. I did sound nervous at the beginning, but it got easier, and they talked to me for a long time- almost 15 minutes.
So I walked into work today (for the ortho) and several of the employees at the dentists’ office where we go four times a month mentioned my fifteen minutes of radio fame! One of our patients had heard me and told her mom, who works for one of the dentists. She called the office and told the receptionist. And a different patient’s mother stopped before leaving and said “Were you the one on the radio?”
I may never be famous for writing or wedding planning or anything else. But I felt almost famous today, and it was kinda cool.