Time. There is never enough of it. By the time I get my sleep (I need at least eight hours per night to function), work, hit the gym, cook, see Mike, watch
Housewives TV, it is time to go to sleep again. But what if I had a few more hours in each day, or better yet, one or two more days (the weekend kind) in a week? Sure, I’d see more friends and travel when our budget allowed. However, I can’t help but sit and think about a passion I gave up on long ago because of responsibilities and time…the theme of today’s post in my 30′s kickoff series.
If I Had More Time…
I’d find a way to pursue theater again. Many people in my life today do not know that I was a total thespian in high school. It took the place of dance, which I walked away from around junior year because being in a company and traveling to competitions was chipping away at my high school experience.
I was in nine shows in four years — a combination of plays and musicals. I was only a lead once during high school, when I played Liesl in the Sound of Music, but that didn’t matter to me at all. I loved rehearsal and cherished how every cast became an intensely close family. I craved the escape that our school’s basement drama room provided and relished that despite the pressures in high school to fit in, be beautiful and be popular, theater class and rehearsal allowed me to be myself. My weird, quirky and outgoing self. Theater was a gift.
In college I took a few classes freshman year as a theater minor, but switched to political science because I felt it was a more responsible minor. I’ve never touched a script since, and that makes me incredibly sad.
If I had more time…who knows. It would take a ton of courage to get back on stage. And auditioning? I’m not sure I could handle that pressure, though I think PR has kept my presentation skills strong and nerves in check.
Do you have a passion from a previous life that you still miss?