I unintentionally scheduled this challenge on Children’s Day — a national holiday in Korea — a day when I didn’t have to work.
When I first imagined the challenge, I thought it would be difficult to find a time and place where I would feel comfortable singing at the top of my lungs. I live in an apartment building where sound travels much too easily, so I’d be worried someone would hear me. I drive a crazily painted van that draws a lot of attention, so I’d be worried someone would see me. But on this day, those worries didn’t matter because I was with fun-loving friends all day.
The real challenge became choosing a song that I could really SCREAM OUT. The point of this challenge, for me, was to let down all defenses and release.
I tried a few songs while driving around with one of my friends. Having her with me somehow took away the fear of judgement I would have felt if I were alone. Yet, I wasn’t able to give the songs everything I had. Finally, in the afternoon, at a Cinco de Mayo party in the park, I asked for suggestions on a good song — one that was positive and upbeat — one that I could really, truly sing at the top of my lungs. A friend proposed Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Immediately, a few of us began belting out the chorus together. It was perfect. Mission accomplished.
But I still feel like I could have given more. Perhaps I should tackle this challenge when I’m not protected by the presence of friends. Perhaps next time I’ll sing “Bicycle Race” by Queen while I’m driving my crazy van. Who cares if people stare? They already do it anyway. (Watch the uncensored version of Queen’s original video to see some truly uninhibited people.)
What song did you choose and where did you sing it?
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Watch a Classic Movie You’ve Never Seen