Most of all I value experiences, adventures, living…. not so much things. And tonight I have a new favorite experience to add to my list. “The Moth”. Such a breath of fresh air. What The Moth is, is a story slam. Much like the famous poetry slam but people put their names in a bucket and if chosen they get up on stage in front of an audience and tell their story. There is a theme, and tonight’s theme was “On the Road”. There are 3 tables that rate each speaker and there is a winner at the end. Each story is limited to 5 minutes. You would think 5 minutes is long, but it goes by fast.
Now I first heard a live recording of the NYC story slam on NPR and thought it was the coolest idea, I actually pulled my car over and finished listening to the whole program. I was over the top when I heard we had it here in the D. 2 months ago my girlfriend and I went down to Cliff Bells where they host the slam at 7:30, when the show was suppose to start. We had NO IDEA how popular it was since it had just started 3 months prior. We waited in February for an hour and the line didn’t even move and we never got in. Today we got there an hour and 15 minutes prior to the start time and were lucky to find chairs. We discovered from talking to people with all the best tables that it is a full house at 4 pm!!! Seriously people, you are lucky I’m sharing this little gem of an experience with you it was a packed house as it was. But I want to help people move OUT of their comfort zones and try new things. Sometimes that takes hearing a recommendation from others. The Moth is only in 4 cities and Detroit is one of them! I feel so lucky.
The best part of tonight was the fact that one of my friends put her name in the bucket. What a brave soul. Public speaking is not easy, especially while trying to be funny and entertaining at the same time. 9 stories were read, everyone was so open talking about crapping their pants (multiple people had this theme), being pimped for gay sex in Chile until finally escaping while their capturer passed out, and being stranded by the greyhound bus company for 3 days in the middle of a snowstorm in Nebraska. My friend too had a great bus story. She was almost off the hook until they called number 10! Now she had to face her fear to speak in front of a group, and this is a fear among many. Out of about 25 people 10 were chosen and she got to tell her story of when she was 16 and left her family on their vacation and took the greyhound back to the city 12 hours and all the crazy people she met. I was so proud of her, it take a lot of courage to get up and speak like that, and I was just happy to say that I was there….in the present moment listening, enjoying my new experience and not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. We will be going back to The Moth every month that we can, it was above all pure entertainment with an enlightening twist of getting to know a few people around you!
I hope you enjoyed my story.