Hello to my handful of followers. Sorry it’s been a while… took a chance with attending a party for our friends’ daughter’s first birthday, aaaaand as to be expected, there were sniffly babies (January, ya know) and I came down with a viral infection which knocked me out of work for a week. I’ve still got the cough lingering, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I’ve been trying to get myself feeling better and back into my routine, which has been thrown off by being poorly.
I’ve been feeling a bit lost as well. I sang with Rock Choir locally for about three years and made the decision to leave at the end of 2014, and had the break from singing from January to August 2015. I miss the friends I had in Rock Choir, even if they were only “I see them once a week to have a laugh and a sing” friends.
I think I’m experiencing a bit of after-effect trauma (without trying to sound dramatic, but I cannot think of another word for it) from having to leave the a capella group that I had started attending in late August [see 2015… over already?]. While they were lovely to listen to, I was getting bored with sitting doing nothing and not being up there singing. The expectation for perfection was quite high, which I didn’t think was realistic for me to achieve consistently in the long term and began to intimidate me and make me doubt my singing abilities. The final straw for me was being told off for sitting and reading my Kindle one evening because some people on the risers said it was “distracting”… I don’t know how sitting still reading could be distracting, but like I said, it was a long way to go to sit and do nothing, so I thought I’d just read because they weren’t singing anything I could participate with. I haven’t felt that sinking horrible feeling since I was in school being told off for some slight like chatting when we should have been quiet or something.
I had befriended several of the women on Facebook in my time being there, and I found that several had unfriended me after I decided to leave. The level that this actually upset me surprised me, because I figured, on the one hand, I was quite unlikely to see any of them ever again, but on the other, I was not adverse to continuing to support them by attending future shows, etc. and I was hurt that rather than messaging me to see what was up (because I was too distraught to message them all individually), they just unfriended (or in one case blocked!) me. I don’t know if I’ve just sabotaged it all by being truthful about my feelings about what happened, but I guess I’ll never know.
Following that, I was trying to find a middle ground between Rock Choir and that a capella group. I stumbled across an a cappella community choir, but one that’s not about perfection, but just singing with other people. I attended one session in mid-January and have not been back since as I became poorly, which has had me coughing a fair amount, thus hindering my ability to sing. Because it’s a community choir, a lot of the people who attend are local residents, so I feel a bit of an outsider because I’m not part of that immediate community; I never felt that with Rock Choir, because I know my back row buddies both traveled from even further than me. The leader of the community choir was so lovely and was very welcoming; I guess because I lost my momentum after the first session because of being poorly and I’m questioning my return because I’m still not sure if it’s a proper fit for me.
Why I came to the very difficult decision about leaving Rock Choir in the first place was because I was just not enjoying the song selection anymore, and it was a lot of money to pay to not be 100% enjoying it anymore. I stuck with it for so long because I enjoyed the social aspect most, but also I suppose because it became routine. Now, I find myself in a position of, “Do I keep trying this community choir, or do I go back to Rock Choir?”
I don’t like this feeling that I feel. I just feel icky inside, that I don’t like myself, that I feel like I’ve somehow done something horribly wrong. I was really surprised at some of the people who unfriended me from the a capella group… ones that I thought I had struck a bit of a friendship with. But I guess it’s a bit like an exclusive club; you’re either in or out, and I worked my way out. Part of me wishes I hadn’t even tried because I’d have been spared the emotional turmoil. But on the other hand, that’s a very slippery slope into becoming a total recluse.
I just wish I knew the answer.