I've been watching since the first season with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. I feel like I've been on the edge of my seat for every moment since. Can you believe it's been 21 seasons?!
It always hits me in the solar plexus - that instant reaction - watching these scared, vulnerable, amazing kids put themselves out there for the first time (in front of millions!). And let's be honest, the background stories - jeesh - I'm a puddle! The tributes to people who have passed, the contestants with kids, the family sagas. I need a fresh box of tissues!
I think what hits me the most is that they're all following their dream. They're taking that leap. It must be so scary.
I remember when I published my first book, Rue, I literally felt like I was on the precipice of a great cliff, and I had no idea if I would survive or go crashing down to my own sad, horrific, figurative death.
Looking back now, I'm glad and grateful that I pursued my dream and that I didn't crash down. Has it been easy? NO. But am I proud of myself for chasing my dream and achieving goals that I never thought possible? YES.
I hope you chase your dreams too!
Do you have a secret dream you'd like to share? I love hearing other people's stories. I'd love to hear yours.
So anyway, back to my Idol (Duets week!).
Until next time, thank you for your support, love, Amy