All day, I have seen pictures of a woman, with headline captions, saying “47 years old and never been kissed”, “a sensation”, etc. When I saw a new group on Facebook for this woman, I decided to head over to Youtube to see what all the fuss was about!
Susan Boyle, a 47 year old woman, from Scotland, has never been kissed. But this story goes much beyond that. For many of you, you are most likely aware of the hit show, Britain’s Got Talent, and America’s Got Talent. This season, Susan, was a contestant.
At 47, it was a life long dream of Susan’s to sing in front of a large audience. When she walked out onto the stage, the judges were laughing at her. The audience was laughing at her. In their eyes, Susan wasn’t beautiful. To them, it seemed as though this would be another joke, as they have shown so many of before, of those who just want their fifteen minutes of fame.
Within seconds of the song’s start, Susan had the audience cheering, with her angelic voice. The audience stood, the judges stood. She brought tears to eyes, as she sang a beautiful renedition of the song, I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.
And dream a dream she did. Despite her looks, despite her age, Susan followed her dream, and followed her heart, to win the biggest yes in the three year history of the show, from judge Pierce Bosning on the Britain’s Got Talent Show. She received three ‘yes’s from the judges, and is moving on to the next round.. which I will be checking for on You Tube.
I think that the lessons Susan has taught us all, are some of the greatest to be learned by man kind. We’ve been told for years that looks don’t matter, yet, we still laugh at those who have imperfections. We still view those who are different than us as not normal. Every day on the playground I hear children saying statements regarding what other children are wearing, or how the children are dressed. I hear women gossip about other women. I hear men laugh at other men.
Susan Boyle has shown the world that looks don’t have to matter. She has also showed us, to follow your hearts, and pursue your dreams, dispite whatever circumstances are holding you back, or have held you back in the past. At first, the audience’s reaction to Susan was quite negative. You could hear the snickers, and see the eyes roll. What you never saw, was Susan lose her passion, for a dream that she had followed for so long. Now THAT is positivity!
True beauty comes from the inside. Without the name brands, the make up, the right hair stylist, or the right shoes, we would all be naked, with only ourselves. And if that were the case, I would definately hope that those around me, would see the beauty that I hold inside.
As Chad Vanasse stated on PMI’s Top 10 Positive Song List, “It also, reinforces my wish, that all people were born blind, and would remain so, only through the impressionable years. Therefore, when they were granted sight, they would not have learned to judge others by their ethnicity or the colour of their skin.”
Such a beautiful and true statement.
When you have a dream, big or small, follow your heart, dispite what the rest of the world might tell you, or want you to do. For it is the positive thinking, and the positive attitude that you carry with your dream that will show the world how bright your light shines!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Susan’s performance, click here!
Until next time, here the lyrics from her song.
There was a time when men were kind.
And their voices wee sift,
And their words inviting.
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song.
And the song was exciting.
There was a time when it all went wrong…
I dreamed a dream in time gone by, When hope was high and life, worth living.
I dreamed that love would never die,
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
Then I was young and unafraid,
And dreams were made and used and wasted.
There was no ransom to be paid,
No song unsung, no wine, untasted.
But the tigers come at night,
With their voices soft as thunder,
As they tear your hope apart,
And they turn your dream to shame.
He slept a summer by my side,
He filled my days with endless wonder…
He took my childhood in his stride,
But he was gone when autumn came!
And still I dream he’ll come to me,
That we will live the years together,
But there are dreams that cannot be,
And there are storms we cannot weather!
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living,
So different now from what it seemed…
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed…
Catherinie Graham is a personal coach, motivational singer and speaker and mother of six!