Sometimes there is nothing like a good cry. Last night it was watching my favorite show "New Girl" and the lengths that Schmidt went for his soon to be bride CeCe that just had me a mess. But they were happy tears! "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." (Steele Magnolias) I'm a crier and I fully admit that. It could be a comedy, or a hallmark commercial, or the latest Adele song. But there's a good reason for the tears. What's that saying- Life imitates art or is it art imitates life? I remember back in my days as a drama student at Syracuse and my teacher Gerri Clark said something like "You can't be an actress if you don't have a life." I think about performing as an 18 year old and how much life had I really lived at that point? I hadn't felt the joy of walking down the aisle on my wedding day, or the pain of childbirth, or the heart bursting love when I met my children for the first time, or the heartache of chasing a dream that I just couldn't seem to catch. The beauty of a performance is that the actor can make the audience feel something. As that audience member there is nothing better than a true cathartic moment when you can connect with a character, relate to how they are feeling because you have felt it before, and allow that emotion to come back up in you. It could be joy, pain, anger or laughter.
I think that's why I love coaching so much. I get to take all of my life experiences and be in the moment with my clients. Just be there, listening and allowing my intuition to guide me. It's a beautiful thing when someone trusts you like that, whether on stage or in life. I think art is one of life's greatest teachers. It reminds us to feel. It reminds us that emotions are beautiful. It teaches us to look within and examine our lives. Are we truly living? Are we truly loving? Are we truly living our life's purpose?
It's safe to examine those questions from the comfort of your seat in a dark theater. It's incredibly brave to examine them with someone else. Are you feeling the pull to move outside of your comfort zone? I'd love to help you break through that comfort zone and live at the center stage of your life.