The audience stared open mouthed at me. I sat motionless for a moment, lost in the dazzle of it all. The lights, the people, I had never sang in front of so many people before. I sang a long song, filled with passion, and sang it like I was starving to sing. After I had finished, there was not a sound in the theatre. You could have heard a pin drop. As I sat still, I grew more anxious by the second. Until finally I saw a lone figure in the back, slowly rise and clap. The clap was slow, and hard. Then another joined it. And another. And soon the entire audience was clapping and screaming. I was so amazed. I just muttered a thanks and bowed, and was shocked to hear the audience yelling for an encore. I straightened up and smiled, I could do this. I wasn't that frightened little girl anymore. I knew now that I had talent. I had the drive. I knew that I could do anything that I set my mind to. I opened my mouth to sing, and sang a song I knew by heart. The crowd grew quiet, and I heard others sing along with me. As I sang louder, more people began to sing along with me. I could feel the audience in front of me, feel their emotions. I sang with all of my heart, letting them know that I enjoyed it just as much as they did. I sang until the end, and this time there was no silence. They all screamed and cheered, clapping louder than I thought that someone like me could achieve. I bowed once more, and smiled. I finally realized that all that I wanted had come true. I had realized all of my dreams. I had cast aside the old me, and stepped forward, to accept the new me. And all of the people in the audience seemed to understand, and agree with me. My entire life seemed to be complete. Fin.