tinamv asks: This is kind of silly but I really want to do musical theatre classes, but the only good school in my area is the same one that my crush goes to, and I don’t want him to think I’m following him or anything because (embarrassingly) he already knows I like him. What should I do? Should I go anyway and ignore if he says anything? He and I are friends now, and I don’t want to like do anything to make him feel awkward. It’s very nerve-wracking.
Hi tinamv –
I find your question kind of funny, because I think you’re hitting on the two things that most terrify my Pack members – performing and approaching crushes. Both make humans incredibly self-conscious. And you’re kind of talking about dealing with both.
With two exceptions.
First, you seem to like performing. You’re not being forced by a teacher to get up and sing in a chorus, you’re looking at having spotlights on you while you act, sing, and dance! In this regard, you are FEARLESS!
And second, as far as your crush goes, the ‘damage’ is already done. He already knows you like him. You’re even friends.
So you’ve already done the two hardest parts of this.
The only part left is the goofy self-consciousness all humans are prone to, where you’re imagining the way someone else will think. And literally considering changing your entire life plan, and giving up on your great dream, because of the possibility your imagination of his thinking might be right!
So, tinamv, do you know what the word mantra means? It’s a special word that people repeat over and over, mainly in meditation. Often it’s in an ancient language like Sanskrit, but you can probably imagine the effect it would have on a person’s mind and spirit if they repeat a word that means “Love” or “Holy” or “Goodness” over and over again for hours a day. Right?
Well I’m giving you a mantra. Just for now. Are you ready? Here it is:Continue reading