Toronto Traffic

The dilemma: to go or not to go. Last week, while in Toronto, I found myself contemplating whether to attend a storytelling open mic. Initially enticed by the idea upon discovering 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling online, as the time drew near, I found myself hesitating… mentally. Toronto’s notorious traffic loomed large, coupled with a mountain of work awaiting my attention. Most significantly, my energy levels were far from primed for storytelling.

In hindsight, some of the most remarkable experiences in my life have unfolded when I least anticipated them. There was the time I submitted what I thought was the worst essay, only to have it selected by the school. Then, at a storytelling swap event in Claremont, I shared a story with no expectations, only to be invited to the prestigious San Diego Storytelling Festival. So, I reminded myself that this could be another one of those unexpected surprises. However, despite my efforts to stay positive, my mind was besieged by doubt, questioning whether I truly wanted to attend. “Is this really worth it?” I kept pondering until I finally arrived at the venue.

The dragging feeling dissipated the moment we were greeted by Anna’s warm smile. She welcomed us and introduced us to the evening’s host, June, saying, “Here’s our guest from Los Angeles. When Miyo raises her hand, please choose her!” As the night unfolded, I found myself eagerly anticipating what it held in store.

I was chosen to kick off the storytelling session. Since it was my inaugural experience and I wasn’t familiar with the group’s vibe, I opted for a brief, humorous tale titled “How To Poison Your Roommate,” recounting my battle with ants. The audience responded with warmth and generosity, setting a welcoming tone. 

June Brown

June Brown

Miyo telling a story in Toronto

Soon after, a succession of narratives related to death unfolded, reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights, each one captivating in its own right. I found myself leaning in, hungry for more tales. Then, when Donna Dudinsky took the stage to sing, I was completely enraptured. It transformed into an enchanting evening, and I’m grateful I decided to attend.

That evening served as a poignant reminder that we must always strive to give our best whenever an opportunity arises. It’s in these moments of unpredictability that something truly magical might unfold.

Donna Dudinsky
Donna Dudinsky

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