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Sunday, February 13, 2011

"I don't want to look like a dick"

This is a response that I have been getting quite a lot this week. Why, you may ask?  The answer is simple....our new class "Adults Act Up" A drama class for beginners.  Being the eternal entrepreneur and optimist I thought this course will be sold out in an instant.....not so. Not being one to give up easily, I decided that some additional market research was required so I set out to find why people were seeming so hesitant to join in.
Here are some of the responses (excluding the former aka blog title)... 

No way, you couldn't pay me to do it!
I'd rather die!
Sounds fun but I am too scared!

There were also the people that just turned pale, gaped and walked away...these were not strangers I hasten to point out. These are people that I have personal knowledge of and had selected them as being the personality types that may enjoy this kind of leisure activity. Many of them already involved in the arts.
So, why blog about this?  I guess I am concerned that as adults and parents we spend much time and many resources ensuring that our children are confident connected learners who take risks and are open to new ideas. So why are we not modeling this behavior......OH NO, WE ARE SCARED TO MAKE FOOLS OF OURSELVES...and rightly so, I guess.  As adults we are encouraged to keep "risk taking" to a minimum in almost all aspects of our lives and I think that this is to our determent. We miss out on many opportunities to learn and grow, to met new and interesting people.  A beginners acting class may not be your thing but how on earth are you going to know unless you try.  (I seem to recall similar advice from my mother about broad beans...tried them, still don't like them) but I think you may have my message by now.
Just in case, my message to you. When faced with a new and interesting offer ask yourself "What is the worst thing that can happen?" "Can I live with that?" THEN  Feel the fear and do it anyway!

PS: The class has 6 very scared participants starting next week. Good on them!

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