I did it!

In my last post I talked about a deferred dream that was going to come to pass…

Well, it did!

Last week was a wild week–I felt like I was meeting myself coming and going…and when I wasn’t rehearsing, I was sleeping. Four rehearsals in two days, followed by three performances, is a lot to take in…especially when you don’t get the music for your part until the first rehearsal!

It was fun!

Was it perfect on my part? No…I bobbled some places in each of the performances, but I was able to recover and continue without messing things up.

And how do I feel now? Exhausted…feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck…but delighted. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to do it again–and that’s okay. I’d love to…but I’ve had a chance to live my dream.

During the week, though, I also realized that this chance didn’t come about merely “by chance.” It was the confluence of several things:

  • Years of playing piano in all kinds of activities
  • A piano teacher who insisted I learn how to sightread well
  • Several years of serving as a rehearsal accompanist for Messiah
  • The recommendation and support of a good friend
  • Prayers from many friends in the choir who recognized the amount of energy this experience was going to take–and who were also concerned about how it might impact my health
  • A supportive husband!!

“Lucky chances” usually don’t come out of a vacuum. They become available because of years of preparation–even though you don’t know that at the time you’re doing the preparation.

Now…I wonder what other deferred dreams are still waiting? Hmmm…

Me at the portative organ I was playing (a self-contained portable pipe organ)

Me at the portative organ I was playing (a self-contained portable pipe organ)