Well, I lived through the staff meeting on Wednesday morning. I'd be lying if I said I slept soundly the night before. However, when the time came, I put on my long, red wig, bandana, backwards baseball cap, sunglasses and fringed leather jacket and just went for it.
The song started, I waited until just before the vocals kicked in, and then I ran out and high-fived everyone in the first row while lip-synching the song. I made it through the minute-and-a-half of song, pacing around in front of all my co-workers and trying to remember what the lyrics were. Frankly, I have no memory of what kind of reaction it got at the time. There's a video of it on our intranet, but I doubt I'll ever be able to steel myself to watch it.
Afterward, everyone was quite complimentary. Women, especially, seemed to give me major props for gutsiness. Other people didn't realize it was me, or have been slowly figuring it out in the meantime.
I was painfully shy as a child, but I seem to get bolder and bolder with each passing year. These days, I'm almost embarrassment-proof. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but social gaffes can't hurt me. Does that happen to everyone as they get older?