I, Ann, however still work – by choice. I love what I do. That being said, sometimes I just want to / like to do something way beyond my usual box. And, so I did.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a local performance of The Vagina Monologues. Probably everyone knows of this play, written by Eve Ensler. It’s a funny, serious, beautifully done piece of work. There were many women on the stage at the same time, and then one by one they would read a monologue or introduce another monologue. Some were very funny and brought lots of laughter. Others were very serious, nearly tearful in their content.
What you might not know is that all performances, all over the world, donate their money to the cause of stopping violence against women. That’s its purpose.
Just an additional point: We were amateurs. There was only one professional actress in the bunch. We got to step way outside our usual boundaries. Leading up to the performances, there was ticket and raffle sales, rehearsals, etc. For two nights on stage, there were months of preparation. IT ALL PAID OFF.
I loved being part of the play, I loved making a difference by selling some tickets to friends and therefore helping with the commitment of raising money. I loved the camaraderie, the chance to act again (hey, it’s only been about 40 years). But, most of all, I loved the “standing ovation.” What a hoot.
The message here: Take on something that’s fun, compelling, turns you on. You’ll be happy you did.