Wisdom from an 11-year old + my music video debut
I had no idea an online course called “Start a Foolish Project” would have me doing something so scary. Who knew that foolishness could cultivate courage, creativity, clarity and in my case, all kinds of a-ha’s ala an 11-year old named Molly?
The idea of this 4-week course, led by Andrea Scher of SuperHero Life, was to do something out of your ordinary, something whimsical, joyful, maybe even a little scary… then share it with the group (about 50 people, from all over the world).
Half-way through the course, I still hadn't picked a project. I was making it way too, save the world type big. Andrea gently suggested to let the world go and do something that would "delight" me, which didn't help, until Molly, a friend's daughter came over. She had taught herself The Cup Song from the movie Pitch Perfect. Would I like to hear it?
Of course Molly, an accomplished singer, with lots of big performances under her tiny belt performed The Cup Song perfectly.
A couple of nights later, I woke up with an idea for my Foolish Project clear as a bell – I’ll have Molly teach me The Cup Song! It was summer. She was bored. It will give her something to do and it will be a big, butterfly in my belly step toward getting over my fear of singing in front of people. I would be"delighted"- if I could pull this off.
I mapped out our practice regime before I called. I had a schedule in mind, maybe 3-4 days a week, I'd pick her up, she’d give me my lesson, I’d make her a smoothie, we'd swim a little, bond a lot.
Molly had other plans. She was leaving for camp tomorrow. She’d be gone for 10 days.
ME: Hhhmm... (nonchalant panic) Okay, well, we'll only have a day or two to practice before the course is over, but we'll make it work.
MOLLY: While I’m gone, learn the cup part so well you can do it even while talking, then start humming along with it.
I did as she said. I practiced the cup part over and over and practiced the singing parts on walks with Bisbee everyday. When she came home from camp, I took her to my singing lesson where we got some coaching on harmonizing, then back to my house to practice. After a couple of hours, I wanted another day (or 30) to practice. Molly wanted to go for a swim. As she floated and flipped around the pool, she talked me through our process.
She reminded me that we were able to do The Cup Song… not perfectly, but for the sake of the project, mission was accomplished. Yes, with practice, it could be a lot better, but it was good enough, and we had fun doing it, so let’s just film where we are with it today.
Such wisdom. (She probably didn’t want to spend her last days of summer practicing with that Denese lady!)
With that, we went inside, her mom and Robert filmed it, and we called it a wrap. Molly was right. Mission accomplished. And then some. I made my singing AND music video debut AND shared a moment with Molly I'll cherish forever.
Andrea was right. Sometimes foolishness brings big magic.