When I got home, I was looking around online and I came across video from a group I was a member of 8 years ago in high school called The Experience. The Experience is a traveling youth choir from Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C. Without this becoming a faith blog, the Experience was one of the best things about high school for me. And watching the video, I was taken back to those years.
High school isn't a time I'd relive, even if paid. I really never felt like I fit in high school, and anxiously awaited my chance to escape to college. But, in The Experience, some of my best memories from high school were made. I remember learning songs and dances on Wednesday nights, poking fun at our director, and the tours. We traveled to Florida, New York City, San Antonio and Colorado. I grew so much as a person and really learned to develop the values I still hold.
Watching The Experience summer show online from Beijing I couldn't help but feel a bit of nostalgia and jealousy. The group has grown so much since I was there. The sound of the choir is full, the energy is great and they are truly exciting to watch. It's also fun to see two young men who I used to babysit performing with so much confidence, (I'm talking about you Brice and Chris - way to go!). I was blown away by the groups talent, joy and spirit-filled performance.
So I owe a HUGE thanks to The Experience for bringing me back to a place of joy. When nothing could bring me out of my funk this afternoon, your performance did. The message you conveyed, and the way in which you conveyed it brought me back to center. You grounded me, and I'm feeling rejuvenated. Thanks guys.
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