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I was asked to sing the National Anthem at the community awareness purple week basketball games last week. To say I was scared was an understatement. I was always told that would be the hardest song to ever sing in front of a crowd, and everyone who said that was right. It’s not necessarily that the words are hard to remember or the notes or hard to sing, for me it was the fact that the National Anthem is probably one of the most well known songs across the country. If I were to mess up, then everyone would know.

In sixth grade, I promised myself I would never volunteer to do something like that ever again. I sang at the Christmas in Ionia special downtown at the theater in sixth grade and messed up and everyone knew it. I was so embarrassed so I made myself promise never to sing alone like that again.

While standing on that basketball court Friday night, I was shaking so badly I could barely think. I treated the girl’s game as though it was like a rehearsal, a practice run before the real thing. The first performance was a little shaky and pitchy, but overall I didn’t mess up any words or forget anything I was supposed to do.

About an hour and a half later, the boy’s game rolled around and I was ready to go. I couldn’t tell exactly how many people were in the gym, but there had to have been at least 500 people. The second time around I actually sounded better. Vocally, it was stronger, like I had something to prove.

So many people likes coaches, teachers, parents, and fellow students approached me before and after games to either wish me good luck or congratulate me on a good performance. The rush I got after singing on Friday was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. To know that people cared about what I was doing and that people thought I did a good job was exhilarating. Breaking my own promise may have one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

I want to thank my friends who came to watch me, my teachers who supported me, and my parents who are always just as nervous as I am. They made the whole experience that much better and less nerve wracking than it could’ve been. My next goal is to maybe sing the National Anthem for my graduation next year and it could happen, you never know.

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