A couple of years ago I joined a choir. I hadn’t thought of doing so before but a friend of mine recommended Rock Choir. It had no auditions and offered the choice of participating as much or as little as I wanted to.
Little did I know at that time just how important it would become to me. I religiously attend every session I can and have even planned holidays and other commitments around it. There are so many things I enjoy about taking part but these are just a few:
Arriving each week to a room of people who are all excited about being there and about singing.
My amazing choir leader’s humorous encouragement when we are learning songs – especially when she asks us to try and sing without fear in our eyes!
The moment when after learning a song for a few weeks, it all suddenly clicks and starts to sound really good.
No matter what kind of a day I’ve had, when I walk out of the practice session I have always forgotten my worries and feel uplifted. It is impossible to feel anxious when singing something upbeat or a song with beautiful harmonies.
The following day my uplifted mood continues as the songs we have been practising still go round and round in my head.
The amazing opportunities we have had to perform. My favourite being when we sang at the Race for Life. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were gathered half way round the course under some trees. We sang to the runners as they came past. A boy who was around 12 years old ran up to our choir leader and asked if we could sing a song to give his mum a boost. We started to sing “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen as the boy’s mum came running up the course surrounded by around 8 friends/family members. She wore a head scarf, a sign that she was either undergoing cancer treatment or had recently finished and I think almost every choir member had tears in their eyes as the group passed us by. It is something I will never forget and I still often think about that boy and his mum and wonder how they are.
The choir I belong to is an amazing group of people to be a part of and I truly believe it has helped me with my anxiety. By being able to focus on something I enjoy and just live in the moment for an hour and a half each week, I am able to forget the worries in my head and just be me.