Oh, my gosh! It is so good to get in touch with people who have been part of my life. I just got a message from a friend from my high school days. How many of you have done that?
It was like a different lifetime for me. Was it for you, too?
I was in choir, actually, three different choirs in high school. One was the 'girls glee' with Miss Jan Morgan. Then there was the Madrigals. That was the group that did the classical choral music. Then there was Celebration. We did the fun stuff, like whatever was popular at the time. I was also in Chorale, which was a mixture of girls and boys. We sang all of the choral pieces that all the schools do. All of these were taught by Jan Morgan. I was in them from 10th - 12th grade.
But the last year I had some health issues and missed the 'photo session' for the yearbook. The surprising thing for me was that when I got my yearbook, Jan Morgan had neglected to add my name to all of the choirs I was part of. Yes, it was a big disappointment not to be included, even though I had been part of all those groups for my entire time in High School.
She got upset with me because I missed two weeks of school due to my illness. I guess she decided she would 'show me'. Well, she did show me that she was petty to not give me the credit for all of my hard work and dedication to her groups.
Was it fair? I don't think so, but what was I to do about it? There is really not much anyone can do about it when you are only a high school student and the 'teachers' 'disrespect' you by not including you in the organizations that you participated in.
Oh, yes, I was also very much a part of the theater program. But that was another area that they decided to 'forget about'. I was in 'Sweet Charity'. I was only one of the three girls backing up the lead, but the director included me in numbers not typical for my role, because I was the strongest voice of all the girls and they needed the strength. Then I was the lead in 'Funny Girl', the largest high school production of the year and they decided that it only warranted one group photo, even though I was the lead in the musical (the role played by Barbra Streisand in the movie). I guess they were trying to send a message to me not to miss classes because of illness!
But it didn't hold me back, no not me. Terry Richards was in the audience and he asked me to join his touring band that summer, which lasted for 2 years on the road.
It was a great experience and I learned a lot about touring, being in a band with 5 other musicians and how to deal with 'groupies'.
So, all in all, we may have experiences in high school or other situations that we don't understand at the time, but we can turn all of those situations into positive outcomes by 'plugging ahead' or believing in the long time 'showbiz' motto, 'THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
Keep your chin up when things don't go your way. Believe in yourself and your dreams. Follow your heart and listen to your inner voice. Keep the friends and family around you who support you and go out into the world and share your talents.
If you do this, you will be heard! Believe it and you can Do It! I do!