Everybody Can! - even when someone tells you, you can't. I am inspired to heal with my voice whether that be singing, speaking or writing.
I grew up surrounded by a lot of people who said, “You can’t.”
But I was ambitious and had other ideas — not to mention a dream. That dream was to sing. For a while, I didn’t care where or how. Then one day, it occurred to me to ask myself the question, “What do you do BEST?” The answer? Opera. (My music teacher in secondary school had always said she saw me singing opera one day.)
Later on, sitting at my desk on a trading floor surrounded by male colleagues, my boss offered me a promotion. But at the same time, he asked me if there was anything else I’d always wanted to do. “Because once you start making this kind of money, you’ll never walk away.”
I told him the truth: I’d always wanted to sing. So he told me he’d hold my job open for me for three months to see if I could make a go of it. Turns out, not only could I sing, but I could act, convey emotion, and was good enough to be a soloist.
Today, I’m inspired to heal others with my voice, whether that be through singing, speaking or writing. We all have the ability to heal — be it with a song or a smile or a simple “hello”.
Which is why my mission is to share the message that everybody can…even when someone tells you that you can’t.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 19 April, 2015
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