by Briana Dillon (Kamloops)
When I think about accessibility in my life, one of the first things I think about is karaoke. Karaoke has done so much for me. It isn’t just about the singing; it’s about being around other people who are there, guiding you through the songs and supporting you. It is about feeling nervous, but doing it anyway. It’s helped me out, knowing that if I can do this, I can do other things in my life. It makes it easier to try new things.
Karaoke has given me courage. When I first started, I used to feel nervous. I worried about what people would think and how I would sound. Sometimes, people would say things like I was singing too low or the song wasn’t right for me. Instead of feeling like others are tearing me down, though, I can turn things into a positive. I’m doing the best I can.
Karaoke has made me feel like I can do things, even if I feel nervous. It gave me the courage to speak at a friend’s memorial service. There were a lot of people there, but I was able to share my memories of my friend and I was proud and brave to do that. It was important for me to be able to do that.
In other areas of my life, I have gained confidence to be able to help and support others. I am part of a program where I can help others with activities where they might be struggling.
Through karaoke, I have met more people, created connections, and done more in the community. It helps keep me motivated and my confidence keeps growing. People support me and encourage me to keep going. This is accessibility for me.