A year ago, I became friends with a very talented singer I was lucky enough to work with at a big concert in town that happens every year. Introduced by mutual friends, we found we had a great deal in common, and our conversations took off quickly. I wanted to ask her out, but I also valued her friendship and our being a part of a wonderful circle of friends. I didn't want to risk losing that.
Eventually, I found a concert that was coming to town that I thought we would both enjoy, and I bought tickets for us to see it in the Fall. That gave me the chance to suggest going out for lunch somewhere so I could give her the ticket, and get to know each other a little better as the show approached.
Soon we were putting together our own little music group, and we recorded a batch of cover songs.
We started hangng out at open mic events together, going out to more dinners, and having more conversations about life in general. I figured at that point it was a natural that we should give dating a try. I wanted it to work out, but was afraid to take the chance, in case it didn't.
One year later, we've performed together countless times, including that same stage in town. And a regular open mic series where we first met in July of 2018. She is like a beam of radiant light in my otherwise oft-overcast world, and life will never be the same. I'm glad I overcame my fears and followed my heart, which told me I wanted to experience a kind of joy like no other. That's what I'm happy to say I'm feeling these days.