31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 20


31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Please join everyone at Five Minute Friday for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes throughout the month of October.

Saturday, 20 October 2018


I do not like having an audience, at least, not an in-person audience. I am find with interacting with folks online. I just am totally terrified at the thought of public speaking. One-on-one, I’m okay (most of the time). Two-on-one, okay. Any more than that and the stress levels start to climb.

The thought of being on stage, performing in any way for an audience, makes my tongue swell, my legs shake and go weak, sometimes buckling under me. I have trouble talking, can’t remember what I need to say, and other embarrassing things.

I am not meant to have an audience, not in the typical sense of the word. I am meant for behind-the-scenes things, the support person for the one on stage, playing to the audience. Or, to be part of the audience myself. However, even being in the audience makes me uncomfortable in real life events.

Do you like having an audience? Are you all out there, in performer mode, wanting all eyes on you? Do you think folks that don’t like that level of attention of somehow weird?

Please answer in the comments. I’d love to read your response.

Have a blessed day!


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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10 Responses to 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 20

  1. 15andmeowing says:

    I don’t like an audience either. I enjoyed acting in independent films, but I never cared to be on stage in front of a live audience.

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  2. Same here. I did some public performances with my dancing group years ago, but I wouldn’t have done it alone. I did ok most of the time, but there was one time when I absolutely blacked out.

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    • I am so sorry that you blacked out. That must have been so scary for you. I have fainted twice in my life, both when I was a child, but it was at home, not in public.

      What kind of dancing were you involved with? Our oldest daughter was in dance when she was a little thing, before she was diagnosed with her heart condition. She was in ballet and tap.
      Have a blessed day. 🙂


  3. Vanessence says:

    Oh, yeah, no! No audience for me! I am much happier being the one helping behind the scenes. 🙂
    But then, we are both INFJs, so that only makes sense. 😀

    Blessings! ❤

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