Very few of us have yet to hear about the newest “Idol” sensation. If you always root for the underdog, as I do, I’m sure you felt vindicated when a very down-to-earth Susan Boyle sang her heart out.
Has the “in-crowd” ever picked on you? Has anyone told you that you’re not quite… cool, pretty (or handsome), rich… enough? If you’ve ever settled for less because someone thought you weren’t good enough, if you’ve let life rob you of your dreams, then you probably felt as anxious as I did when Susan Boyle walked on stage and the audience laughed at her.
You can see that she notices the audience laughing at her, and you hold your breath, wondering if she’ll try anyway. Will she put herself out there, risking the embarrassment of people laughing at her? And then, thankfully, she opens her mouth, her heart, and she sings. Oh, does she sing! Despite the ridicule, regardless of her age, ignoring that people obviously thought she wasn’t “cool,” Susan felt the fear and she did it anyway.
We all wish we would have been able to do what Susan did, but even the most self-assured among us would have doubted their ability, but not Susan Boyle. She wanted a chance, and she refused to let life rob her of her dream.
Like a scene from Revenge of the Nerds (I know I’m dating myself!), Susan rocked, I mean, she blew people away! Many people, including some big, burly, tough men, admitted that when they watched her sing, they had tears in their eyes. Susan proved the naysayers wrong and won the audience’s hearts in the process.
Has life robbed you of your dream? Do you have a song in your heart that needs to come out, or a project that seems out of reach? Has someone told you that you just aren’t good enough, cool enough, rich enough? Or worse, did you believe them? Are you settling for your life, never to reach your full potential because of your age, your looks or ADHD?
I challenge you to ignore the naysayers and take a risk. Open your mouth, take a breath and sing your heart out. Until you do, you’ll never know what greatness lies within you.