A Beautiful Turning Point
Last night for the first time in many years, I did not have a New Years Eve gig. There was a time I would have been depressed about that. Gigs pay twice, some times three times, as much on the party night of the year. Every performer in the universe works on New Years Eve.
From the time I was fourteen and performing professionally, I spent most New Years Eves on a stage singing with a band. I can't tell you how many times we followed up Auld Lang Syne with Prince's "We're gonna party like it's 1999!"
Nor did I perfom in a choregraphed dance routine and then later create hoopla with the guests of a casino's high roller party.
Nor did I emcee a casino sweepstakes like I did last year. Read about the twelve-hour nightmare here.
No, yesterday, after working a short day at the library, I came home and treated myself to Chinese take-out (my fave), edited a few chapters of an upcoming release, then spent a quiet evening with my husband watching an old movie and sharing a bottle of champagne. This year, for the first year in many, we actually shared a NYE kiss at midnight. Ah, bliss.
Not having a booking on NYE and not being depressed about it marks a turning point in my life. Accepting that I am a (99%) retired performer.... and not caring. After nearly thirty years in 'showbiz', I've moved on. I'm still entertaining... but with words. And I don't have to be skinny and young and where skimpy clothes to do it. I'm more content, happier, than I've ever been. I'm looking forward to the coming year, even though I know it's filled with a lot of hard work. My gut tells me it will also be filled with excitement and wonderful surprises.
Wishing you all a joyous and content 2008!
So how did you ring in the New Year?