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  • You go to the restaurant with with strings of lights and the elk nachos. They hold poetry readings and feature original stories there.
    Your friend usually performs. You are reminded that it has been almost a year since you have attended one of these readings.
    That day, the man leaned over to you and said: "You should be up there reading." And this threw you off guard. Why did he say that? You know you love to perform, you just didn't think it was that evident.
    You think back on that moment. You have not read anything. You have tried to write, but now you realise is was for the wrong reasons. Waste of time. You were waiting, you see. Waiting for notice. Waiting for appreciation. Funny how a man just being polite can effect you. It isn't his fault that you put so much weight to his words. You could have thought it and done it, and many times by now, you think, if you weren't waiting for permission. You are angry at yourself for your behavior, and lack of self-respect.
    You climb up on the stage to take a picture. Decide that what you do, whatever you do, is for yourself. Step right up, no waiting.
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