Talk about #conqueringyourfears This was Circa 2014 and 2015 at our main and biggest library's Head Office downtown Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in front of tonnes and tonnes of screaming kids, their parents and family!! Ohemgee
I along with other authors etc were invited to read a story to kids at their Annual #Celebrity Tale-A-Thon. That was the scariest thing eva! I almost turned it down and my friends Wavenie and Roxanne talked some sense into me lol
I was scared shitless!!!! As I walked towards the #library the first year (my Dad was sick at the time) and saw and heard the #crowd and screams, I almost did an about turn and run back to my car!! 😥😶🙄😑😒 Like... seriously...No joke.
But somehow I mustered up the #courage and did some positive self talk. None of my friends could make it. I tried to find the two people I knew at the library and found one of my #friends #backstage with her husband...who was amazing as usual.
She was so surprised to see me and looked down at me with her tall slender frame and poised, #professional tone. With one raised #eyebrow she said to me, "Carolyn, do you see the size of that crowd in that amphitheatre? Are you sure you can do this??! You have really grown!" Lmao
As I waited my turn, I saw folks actually 'perform' these stories 😕 I observed what they did and tried to emulate (minus the animal sounds!). When I heard those little boys and girls answering my calls and parents and kids smiling and laughing, I felt a rush so #surreal!
As I walked towards my car in the setting sun and drove home, my mum called me to find out how it went, I felt so #bouyant and #surreal
Wow. I did it! I came home and told my #Dad who couldn't say much at the time, but I think he clapped and I knew he was proud. That made my heart so glad.
Thank you #mom and #dad for providing the foundation to give my #dreams wings. It's hard at times to express how much I care and appreciate you, but I will love you forever times infinity.
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