I used to spend a lot of time at my local arts centre. It’s just round the corner from me, they put on some great events and they were even kind enough to let me have my book launch there. But then some stuff happened that I’d rather not talk about and I ended up spending some time away from it.
Now, though, I’m back, and on Friday night I even hosted the open mic night. It was a strange night for me because it was almost like coming home, and it also helped that I knew the majority of the acts. I went on second to make sure that there wasn’t any favouritism (my friend Dave traditionally goes on first), which meant I could spend the night enjoying the music.
The hosting went well and so it looks like I’ll be hosting it again in the future, and I’m happy with that. I used to host a monthly spoken word night and I’ve hosted other events here and there, and I usually find it pretty stressful. At the arts centre, though, it just made the night even more fun than it would have been.
Besides, I’m trying to challenge myself more at the moment. In fact, at the same time as writing this article, I’m attempting to make vegan sushi, even though I’ve never even had sushi before. Sure, sometimes hosting a night can be stressful, but it’s a welcome kind of stress. I don’t want to get too comfortable. I want to keep on pushing myself to do more, but at the same time to be a little bit more human. And hosting an open mic night seems like a good way to do that.