For years, my friends have urged me to perform at a Busboys and Poets Open Mic Night. A few months ago, I finally took the chance.

I love music; listening to it and writing it are forms of therapy in my life. Music has changed my life, both positively and negatively. It gives me the strength and the power to wake up and be aware of what’s happening in the world around me. It also keeps my mind occupied during the day. But focusing on music instead of other things in my life may have prevented me from achieving other goals.

I wish I could write that I blew the crowd away at the Open Mic Night. I didn’t.

My performance was a mess because of my fears of the stage. I left without completing the show. But, rather than moping and feeling sorry for myself, I practiced for my performance at the Street Sense Media annual celebration. That was a roaring success

And in October I returned to the stage at Busboys and Poets and conquered my fears. Stay tuned for the results!