Camdon P. – January 28, 2019
I have never been one to try new things. Going outside of my comfort zone has
always been hard for me. The thought of doing something I have never done before with people I don’t usually talk to has always made me nervous. This has caused me to very rarely do something new, and when I do, I never really enjoy it as much as I could. Last year, however, I decided to face my fears, and try something new.
It was the beginning of seventh grade, and the year before I had decided I would be in Opening Night. I had been in acting classes and lower school musicals before, and I usually enjoyed them, so I wasn’t too nervous and thought I would like it. But when I went to the class for the first time, that idea changed quickly. We started the year off by doing small exercises that involved acting in groups in front of the class, and unlike my original thought, it terrified me. After this, my main outlook on the class was, ‘If I’m too scared to do this in front of thirty people, how will I be able to act in front of the whole school?’
After a couple of months of these exercises, we had to audition for roles in our show, The Lion King. This, again, involved acting in front of the class, but also required singing a portion of one of the songs from the show. We spent several weeks preparing, and once the stress of these auditions passed, I felt relieved. Though I didn’t get the role I had hoped for, I felt that I could relax a little and focus on rehearsing for the show.
After many months of rehearsals, it was time for the show. I had quickly become nervous several days before, and I wasn’t ready to face these nerves. But after being onstage for the first scene, my outlook on the show changed, but this time it was in a positive way. I had been worried about being onstage in front of a bunch of people, when, in reality, there was so much that I needed to focus on that I didn’t even notice the audience. For the rest of the performance, and the performances afterwards, I was more confident and enjoyed them instead of worrying.
Ever since this experience, I have changed my mindset on trying new things. Whenever I step outside of my comfort zone, I think of how it could benefit me instead of everything that I don’t like about approaching it. Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Even if it still may make me nervous, I start something new with a positive attitude because I never know if I will enjoy it until I try. This I believe.