I've always been grateful for music. It's something that anyone can appreciate, whether they're a musician or not. Music is magic that literally makes the world better. Without music, this life would be dull.
There would be no dancing; there would be boring festivals, there would be no music industry, church atmospheres wouldn't feel the same, and all that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Being grateful for the gift of singing doesn't come as easy as being grateful for music in general to me. I mean, yeah, it's absolutely amazing to be able to sing, and I love singing dearly, but I also feel like so many people can sing.
Great singers surround me. You don't even have to be great to be pleasant to the ears. My husband can't sing a lick, but some of his sung phrases come out perfectly like he's been hiding that gift the whole time.
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Most people can sing a little bit. Most people don't have the vision of making music a career or a big hobby of theirs, but everyone at least attempts to sing.
So many people sing on Youtube and other social media pages. A lot of them sound so good. So many people get on these singing competition shows and sound so good.
This would lead a lot of people (like myself) to believe that the gift of singing can be taken for granted. It's nice to have and all, but can it really be that special?
The older I get, the more I understand that the best things in life, and the most essential things in life, are what you can do for others. It doesn't matter who else has your gift, how much money you can get, or your gift's limitations.
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A lot of people can sing, yes, but an even larger amount of people can benefit from good singing. There's never a time when someone would say, "There are too many good voices out there; we don't need any new ones."
You can do good by singing in church, singing to your child, singing to self-soothe your negative emotions, singing to lift someone's spirits, and so much more.
The music industry is crowded, yes. There are so many people going viral then never being heard of again. There are so many local artists in your area who sing places but never really get famous. There are so many singers that start a Youtube channel that has potential but doesn't go anywhere.
These facts don't take away from the fact that the process and hobby of singing can be one of the most fulfilling acts in life. It doesn't take away from the fact that all the ears that will hear you, regardless of whether there are 100 or a million, will be truly blessed by your gift.
A lot of singers get caught up on what they can and can't do. They get really hard on themselves and start to lose confidence in their gift and what they will be able to do with their gift in the future.
Take me, for example. I love singing, I'm great at singing, but I have intense performance anxiety that limits how often I perform. Some days I get so wrapped up in my flaw that it tempts me to give up singing altogether, but the beauty of singing, especially in this day and age, is that it can be done in a variety of different formats and ways.
Singing doesn't need to be about you being a big star on a big tour making a million dollars.
If you have the gift of singing, you can use that to better the lives of others in a variety of ways that include home singing, church singing, studio singing, choir singing, Youtube singing, live performances, and much more.
The act of singing can do so much for your own self when it comes to boosting your mood and enjoying your time with it as a hobby, but singing is a gift that is best shared with others. If you have the gift, consider all the different ways you can use it for the betterment of other people.
You don't have to have the personality of a star, you don't have to have the range of Mariah Carey, and you don't have to be a professional who's getting paid for it.
Use your gift in a way that best fits who you are, in a way that you can be true to yourself and still help the next person. It feels amazing to be able to enjoy such a gift and be able to share it with others that can immensely enjoy it as well.
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