I think that one of the greatest gifts of being a human being is having other human beings in your life to give you love and support. (And to also give love and support to them as well.)
I just spoke to one of my dearest friends – Charley – I’ve known him for almost thirty years. Is that even possible? We met in an acting class and became scene partners. I think he is one of the most talented people I know, he’s funny and a great writer and musician and actor and I love him. He’s a dear friend and even though we haven’t seen each other in a few years, I always think of him and his family and I miss them. They live outside of Portland.
He told me a great story about Lily Tomlin and her one woman show. I really needed to hear this story. On the night he went to see her on Broadway, she suddenly started to cough and couldn’t stop. She had to get water and she was miked and it was really awkward, but she kept the audience involved and after those few moments of difficulty, the audience was even more with her and she recovered and continued the show.
I was telling him how nervous I am about performing again and just hearing that story about Lily Tomlin and remembering that everyone gets nervous – even comic geniuses – and that you don’t have to do it perfectly. That coughing or dry mouth (which is what happened to me) and feeling your heart pounding out of your chest, or having your hands shake, or your knees shake, or whatever is shaking, is perfectly acceptable because we are human beings.