Everyone was writing vulnerable words about themselves. Not me. I was doodling in my notebook. Was I afraid to see what I’d write about myself? Would my own words give me a withering look?
Our comedy coach asked us, “What bothers you? Be vulnerable.”
My answers were superficial so I drew more hearts, circles and flowers. Then I tested my bravery, “I’m afraid to grow old.”
I struggled to answer these questions:
What do I love about aging?
What do I hate about it?
What’s weird about aging?
I turned to a blank sheet of paper. Feeling exposed, I wrote openly on the naked page. “When I’m old, I won’t be able to run from my issues. I will have to sit with them. Quite possibly alone. In the quiet of my elderly days, I will have nothing to do but reflect on my performance. Was it good enough? Did I finish well—and what if my answer is no?”
This comedy workshop has me coming undone. And so far, nothing is funny.
Join me on this adventure. I perform at the Denver Improve on November 1st from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more details.