Being Bold

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it – Goethe

I saw this quote a while ago and it really struck me as I’d never thought of boldness having such qualities before and yet, now I think I might understand it a little more as at the weekend, I took a chance at being bold in my own small way.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I’m a songwriter who has been in a few bands over the years and I’ve even released three albums, however, every gig I’ve ever played has always been with a band. Until Saturday night when I was at a friend’s party deep in the hills outside Granada. There was a simple sound system and a couple of guys playing acoustic guitars and it sounded perfect as the sun was setting. And then after being encouraged by friends, I thought why not play a couple of songs myself?

If not now, then when?

It was scary playing my first ever solo, albeit short, set of three songs, but I think it went really well. After my hands had stopped shaking at least, which can be quite a challenge when you’re playing the guitar. It had only taken me 3 hours of being at the party and 18 years since I started playing gigs.

Of course, in the big scheme of things, it’s not saving people’s lives or anything ‘significant’, but I faced my fears of never having done it before and so for me, it was my tiny bit of boldness and the confidence I have taken from the experience has emboldened me to try something else perhaps even bolder in future.

So if you could be as bold as you wanted to be to experience some of Goethe’s genius, power and magic, what would you do?


9 thoughts on “Being Bold

  1. Good for you! I understand how scary it must have been but you did it! Awesome.

    And I already had my moment this summer, submitting my first novel to a publisher. Six of the eight weeks have passed now, so the first rejection should be coming soon. But it could be a YES too.

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  2. I get it. I have always had issues that have kept me from getting into performance arts. There’s a lyric in a song by Mary Mary “If you wanna get something that you’ve never got, you gotta do something you’ve never done. Go Get it” I started acting classes in January and now I’m in rehearsals for my first play! I stepped into my power and being bold and am now excited about whats next..

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  3. My father is a professional acoustic guitar player, and I play for fun. I call myself a “closet guitar player” because I am quite shy and don’t like singing. I do love to play guitar though. A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to play for an audience, so I took a few singing lessons, and in three months had my first gig at a library. It was terrifying!! It was one of those formal, all-eyes-on-me type gigs, but I did it!! Since then I’ve played open-mic nights at a local bar, and I’m always super amped up afterward. It really is a great (and addictive) feeling. Congrats to you! It takes a lot of guts for most people. I had to ask myself the same question, “If not now, then when?” Sometimes you just have to jump 🙂

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    1. When it comes down it it, it really is about having the faith and confidence to jump. Lovely hearing your story. And yes, whatever has been holding you back, sometimes you need to face your fears and just jump. As we and others commenting on this post are finding out, you never know, it could work out fantastically well!

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  4. How wonderful for you – and for your friends who had the chance to experience that with you. One small step that could be the cause of a giant leap. I believe our deepest dreams are waiting for us a few steps out of our comfort zone. I’ve been pushing on the boundaries of mine lately too. Frighteningly exhilarating!

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