Last Saturday I went to see Michael Bublé in concert at the 02 stadium in London. And, I went by myself. You see, I couldn’t recruit anyone to go to the concert with me. No one I know was interested in seeing Mr. Bublé. In fairness to my husband, he did offer to go with me, provided that I go to see Slayer, the Californian thrash metal band with him in November.
I decided the trade-off wouldn’t be worth it – I would enjoy Slayer for all of one minute before I became pissed off and wanted to go home.
No offence, Slayer, but your music is just not my cup of tea.
And so, I bought a ticket for one, and off I went to see Michael. When I got to the stadium I asked one of the stadium employees where my seat was located, and upon looking at my ticket she advised which way I should go. She then asked if I was with someone, to which I responded that I was on my own. “Wow, your brave to come on your own, have fun!” she said smiling, before moving on to help the next person.
I was a bit perplexed by her response. Brave? Does she think the concert involves a knock down fight with Michael? (because I think I could probably take him LOL).
And then it dawned on me that she must have been referring to the fact that I had come alone and that I had risked being judged for doing so. And this got me thinking; How many times do we stop ourselves from doing things because we fear being judged by others?
What I know for sure is that at a sold-out concert of 20,000 people, no one was looking at me thinking I was a loser for being on my own. Or if someone did, then I didn’t care because I was too busy enjoying the concert. And, it would have been a shame if I had allowed the fear of judgement to stop me from seeing one of my favourite artists.
My lesson? If you find yourself fearing the judgement of others, there are a few things to think about:
Until next week, much love from London town...