Happy to Be Tired

Had to take a night off this week.  Just too worn out to continue – dizzy, slightly yucky stomach, low-grade fever . . . the works.  Nice long nap, crash in the recliner reading a book and I felt slightly more capable of functioning.

Why so worn out?

Simple.  I tend to book myself REALLY busy.  And I’m also fighting off a cold or something respiratory.  I’m an empty nester who loves working with kiddos in the performing arts.  Which means that my schedule doesn’t follow “normal” working hours.  I tend to have a chunk of time off in the afternoon and work lots of later afternoons/evenings.

Currently, I find myself with the following performance events in my near future –

– State colorguard competition this Friday in Des Moines (it’s my first year as head coach and I keep triple checking my to do list to make sure everything is ready)

– Community theater production onstage next week – a kiddos Christmas musical!

– Choir concert to accompany (LOVE this part of the year!!)

– Violin recital to accompany

– Christmas Eve service to play for.

And this doesn’t include Christmas shopping or other tasks not related to work.

And I love absolutely all of the chaos.  Yes, I sometimes run myself a little too hard and need to stop for a moment (this week being an example!) but I prefer to think about what I’ve watched happen.

A group of 19 individuals came together as a team, learned two new shows – one for marching season and one for indoor season.  They’ve grown so much since the season started and I love every minute I get to spend with them.  6 of those individuals also choreographed solo pieces and competed at state solo contest.

I’ve watched kiddos step into their first theatrical production ever and work alongside more experienced young performers.  That’s probably my favorite thing about theater – age sometimes doesn’t matter a lick!

I’ve once again had the privilege of accompanying four talented ensembles at the local senior high as they prepare for the Yuletide concert (my favorite concert of the year).  Yeah, high schoolers can get squirrely from time to time but the artistry they create . . . it’s such a joy to be a part of it.

Accompanying violinists is new.  But I’m loving it.  Always had a soft spot for string instruments.  Even played the violin for a short stretch in my childhood.  But the best part is some of the soloists I’m playing for are young.  I mean, elementary school age young.  And it’s going to be such an honor to share that performance moment with them.

Large group speech rehearsals have started and I’m thrilled to once again be working with the musical theater groups as they prepare.
So yeah.  I’m happy to be tired.  It’s the result of hours spent working with young people in the performing arts and I can’t imagine spending my time doing anything else.

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