I did it! I actually got the nerve to play my guitar in public. I found a nice, simple and slow song to play and sing called "Godspeed" by the Dixie Chicks. This song is very sweet and beautiful.
So who was my audience?
My ward had a little talent show and at first I was all in... but I wanted my friend, Calvin, to play the guitar for me. I was not yet comfortable playing on my own yet. Then... Calvin couldn't go... and I was ready to opt out. Even though I was really committed to complete this list, it seemed too soon and I hadn't practiced enough. So I stayed on the fence up until just before the show and I finally had to give a concrete answer. Was I going to perform... or not.
Okay, well y'all can tell that I did actually somehow muster up the nerve to go through with it. I made sure to start out by warning my crowd that they were the first ever to witness the miracle of me, playing the guitar...
I may have skipped a couple of hard chords... and modified the strumming... but I just made sure to sing my heart out, hoping that no one would notice the sub-par string plucking... I really LOVED it. I loved the softness of the music and the ability to express and share a part of myself as I played. But it is NOT EASY. I really do admire those who have the agility to play an instrument and sing at the same time and DO IT WELL! I am so grateful for the great audience, full of friends, who were supportive and made this a true accomplishment!