I am listening to Bach's Mass in B Minor. I am supposed to be learning this piece to sing in May.
Thirteen years ago I decide I wanted to sing in a choir. I could read music slowly and mostly stay on tune. The first choir I joined was a community choir where we learned parts by ear. We sang folk songs and show tunes. It was a gentle and fun introduction. Then I joined a womens' choir with only six members, two women on a part. I was petrified and bad but I wanted to sing.
After a few years I joined a church choir as well. This meant two rehearsals a week and music of increasing complexity.
I took a two year break from singing. When I started again, I wanted something more challenging and decided to try the Northwest Chorale https://www.nwchorale.org/mission.php which performs classical music and donates all proceeds to charity. They were rehearsing Handel's Messiah. I doubted I could learn and sing it. But I went to rehearsals and practiced at home. That December I participated in two performances of the Messiah.
Last fall we were part of a concert at Benaroya Hall. If someone had told me thirteen years ago I would some day sing at Benaroya, I wouldn't have believed it.
Wish me luck. This Bach piece is really a stretch. I am not sure if I can do it, but I will be there performing in May.
Let go of perfectionism, expectations and just do the work. Dare to be bad.