The Importance of Singing Badly

We may realize that contrary to what we may believe other’s wont judge us harshly most of the time; they’re wishing that they, themselves, could be courageous enough to take the step we’re taking –

Quite often we find difficulties around being able to do the things that we would love to do, we relentlessly shoot down any possibility that we might become competent at it. We’re ashamed to show our new painting, we won’t go to the beach in bikini because our body is not in shape.

Astoundingly, singing is also one of these many activities we would so love to participate in but we’re reluctant to even try to sing a few notes in private. We could be alone on the planet and still not feel free to do more than hum, because we have so deeply internalized our worry about judgment.

What is pitiable is that singing is such a basic form of expression which no one could ever – subjectively – be bad. Our ancestors likely sang before they could speak, and as babies we all most likely responded to a lullaby before we could make sense of actual words.

So, we would benefit greatly from taking the perspective that singing is not just about singing and shouldn’t be left only to professionals. We could learn that we don’t need to be perfect at something for us to join in.

We may realize that contrary to what we may believe other’s wont judge us harshly most of the time; they’re wishing that they, themselves, could be courageous enough to take the step we’re taking – and – perhaps they may find some of the encouragement they need in our own graceless, off-key and genuine efforts.