The most important facet of doing something different is the recognition that you can, so I encourage you to get inspired to “change it up.” Take some dance lessons, learn to fly a plane, join a cooking class, become an advocate for your favorite cause.

I have always been a little stymied by individuals who declare that they’re bored.


I grew up as an only child with a family that was always doing something. I think I mentioned that I was bored once, and my mother decided I should be occupied by cleaning the house. Her response to me was, “I’ll give you bored!” Needless to say, I never said it again.


There are so many wonderful things to do that can make life rich and succulent that my biggest regret is that I don’t have enough time on the planet to do them all. More importantly, our mind, body and spirit need to be challenged or injected with enthusiasm and passion on a regular basis. If we don’t invest in exploring the vast opportunities this journey affords us, we are leaving ourselves open to resembling a dry, withered river bed.


I like to walk my talk, so several years ago, I began going to a nearby recording studio to do some singing. I didn’t tell anyone, since I’ve found over my lifetime that most people are so afraid to try anything new that they will often try to protect you from what they perceive as a possible bad idea by trying to dissuade you.


“Why do you want to do that?” often becomes standard feedback, instead of, “Great, go for it!”


Since I have never been one to follow the path of least resistance, I persevered. Initially, I sounded more like Ethel Merman, who was a Broadway diva with a bodacious voice. As time went by, my instructor encouraged me to find a softer voice and – voila – one day it came out.


I also believe in serendipity. Four years ago, I met my partner, Kenny, who is an extraordinary jazz musician. I decided that we should make a CD with jazz standards that I felt spoke to our relationship. It was a long and tedious journey.


Recording an album is quite a task. I discovered a new appreciation for musicians, and the many vocalists I’ve listened to throughout the years. I also learned how important it was to deliver a song with the right emotion, phrasing and, of course, the right pitch.


The most important facet of doing something different is the recognition that you can, so I encourage you to get inspired to “change it up.” Take some dance lessons, learn to fly a plane, join a cooking class, become an advocate for your favorite cause.


Don’t just sit around and wish life was more exciting. Become the excitement you wish for.