I was backstage pacing back and forth, trying to ignore the butterflies in my stomach. No matter how many times I perform, I still get nervous.
I had written songs for business conventions before, but this time they asked me to perform the song live with hip hop dancers and circus performers. I felt like I was a little out of place, but I was excited for a new challenge. The muffled sound of the on-stage announcer boomed through the hall as the stage hand looked at me and told me I had five minutes. One of the aerialists walked past me, looked me up and down, and said, “you’ve got a real Justin Timberlake vibe,” and then she was gone. I had seen her before, but only in passing, and we never said anything to each other before.
I walked up to the side of the stage, and waited until it was time. A few minutes passed. Then ten. Then fifteen. We were supposed to go on five minutes ago, and I was getting antsy. I looked over to my left, and I saw her again – the cute aerialist who talked to me minutes before. After thinking about it for a bit, I found myself walking towards her. I am typically really shy at first, but for some reason my legs kept walking.
“Hey.” I said.
“Hi!” She said back.
Things were off to a good start.
After talking about how the speakers were taking forever, I introduced myself, and we had a nice, short conversation.
Fast-forward a few minutes, the performance was over, and I was about to leave. I saw her again. Darla. Her name was Darla. I walked up to her and said, “Hey, we should exchange numbers. You know. For work purposes.” She smiled, and agreed. We hung out that night. And almost every night after that…
I found out that she had two little boys. Baron and Roman. She was recently divorced, and she was going through a lot. She called me her “knight in shining armor” because she thinks I came into her life at exactly the right time and helped her through everything. Her son, Baron, was really having a hard time with the divorce, and took a while to warm up to me. I gave them my album, and later I found out that they listened to it every single day. Whenever Baron was having a hard time, he would listen to one of the songs, sing along, and it would help him feel better. Darla said that when she listens to my music, she knows everything will be ok.
She also knew from the beginning that she was going to marry me.
I call her the “circus queen.” She ran off and joined the Mexican circus when she was 20, then did Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas before she moved back home and started a circus school. She now has hundreds of students. Ever since I met her, my life has been turned upside down. I now spend my nights watching aerialists climb up and down the silks and acrobats flip across the stage. I have a new family. And I love every second of it.
We even started a non-profit that puts on high-end events and workshops that address hard issues like anxiety, depression, and suicide for at-risk youth. We both use our talents to help others. She makes me more than I would ever be alone.
I know I’ve said this before, but you never know how your life will turn out. I didn’t. But I’m glad, because it’s become so much more than I ever could have imagined…
…since the night I ran off and joined the circus.
And get this… She sings too! She actually sings a song with me called “He Loves You Enough” on my new album! It’s an album of original Christian songs with timeless messages, but with a cool new sound. Check it out here.