My dream changed my life.

This may sound like a cliché but I wouldn't be the same person I am now without it. Through all the pain and difficulties in my life there are some moments I can look back and say wow I'm so glad this happened, and this stands out by miles.

My dream changed my life. This may sound like a cliché but I wouldn't be the same person I am now without it. Through all the pain and difficulties in my life there are some moments I can look back and say wow I'm so glad this happened, and this stands out by miles. For my dream I got to see one of my idols Katherine Jenkins performing with a live orchestra, she was absolutely captivating to the point she brought me to tears. Meeting her after wards was magical, she was so lovely and kind and gave me a big hug, I was completely star struck and didn't really know what to say but she made me feel very comfortable. Seeing Katherine perform really gave me the confidence to go for my other dream of becoming a classical singer.

Music has always been a huge part of my life, I've sang for as long as I can remember and use it as a technique to help me manage my pain from have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, as on days it'd be the only thing that would stop me screaming and crying in pain.

A little while after my dream I found a singing tutor who specialised in classical music and began singing with him, he really helped me shape my voice and learn how to work it to achieve the best sound to suit my voice and the pieces of music. After a while he suggested I go for my exams and work through my grades. I was delighted! I wasn't sure if I'd pass or if I was good enough but I tried my absolute hardest, practicing when I was able to and I passed my grade 5 with merit. I couldn't believe it, I was just hoping that I'd passed the basic parts and achieved something but I was blown away.

With my new skills and confidence I began singing classically at local fates and shows and entered a regional competition last year. With my conditions though as my muscles are affected, my voice sometimes struggles to do what I wish and takes some more rest or warming up than usual. Over the last few months I've had to work up my voice again to even be able to sing at karaoke after I lost my voice for 4months the end of last year, I was devastated.

All I could think about was what happens if it doesn't come back to how it was? What happens then? But then I thought back to watching Katherine and how much she'd inspired and helped me, and I just couldn't let this set back beat me! There are always difficulties in life but there are also things you can just never give up on and I chose to fight for it, and I'm pleased to say my voice is very close to be back to how it was. If it wasn't for Dreams I'd not be where I am now happily singing away like a song bird, being confident and inspired. I just can't thank them enough.

Lauren's Dream
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Author: Lauren

Date: 26/07/2017

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