Should everybody sing?  If you listen to some of those auditions on the popular television singing competitions, you would probably say, “Definitely not!”

Let’s face it, not everyone is born to be on a stage, but maybe that’s not entirely true.

Let me rephrase, not everyone is born to be a world famous singer.  The kind who can enthral audiences with the most crystal clear high notes, then wrap them in the velvety tones of their lower voice and gently bring them back down to earth. Some people are just born with the natural elasticity and co-ordination to sing like they’ve been training for years. I imagine Usain Bolt, the Olympic sprinting champion, was fast from the minute he found his legs as a baby. Of course, with training he took his natural talent and became a world champion, but the fact remains, he was born with an unfair advantage.

As a young child, I used to sprint for my school.  It was a small school, so the competition wasn’t huge. If you had moderate speed, it wasn’t hard to win. I remember telling my mom that it was so easy to win,  you simply had to move your legs faster than everyone else’s. If only it were that simple, right?  Easier said than done for sure.  When puberty came my way, everything changed, and my theory came under pressure. I tried so hard to move my legs faster than everyone else’s, but somehow those girls with the long lean legs just got to the finish line before me, no matter how hard I tried. Needless to say, sprinting is now a fond childhood memory, and I watch with glee as Usain Bolt effortlessly moves his legs faster than everyone else’s.

Can everybody run like Usain Bolt? No

Can everybody run? Yes

Can everybody run better? Of course

Can everybody sing like Nikki Yanofsky? No

Can everybody sing? Yes

Can everybody sing better? Of course

For the pure joy of it, you can sing better too.