This morning, as I was going through the blogs I follow, I noticed on Marion's blog, Meryl's Musings, a link to the video of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables..
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
When dreams were made and used,
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 hopes apart
As they turn your dreams to shame.
And still I dream he'll come to me
And we will live our lives 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 seems
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.
When she first walked on the stage, her mere appearance caused a bit of skeptisism. But when she opened her mouth, she was judged even more harshly.
And then she opened her heart, and sang. A paradigm shift overtook the crowd . It was palpable. People jumped to their feet, they cheered. This woman had a dream, and she had the ferocity of belief to make it a reality.
When she finished singing, the first judge actually said to her that "when you were standing there with that cheeky grin, and said that you wanted to be like Elaine Paige, everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now." The second judge said, "I am so thrilled, because I know that everyone was against you." How very sad is that?
How many of us have huge dreams for ourselves, but because we don't fit someone else's idea of what that dream should be, we never have the guts to put it out there? Fear of someone judging without even knowing?
I love that she went on that stage and sang her heart out, in spite of the eye rolling and the laughter. What an inspiration she is!!! That is who she was meant to be, her God given talent.
It's like that saying...what would you do if you knew you could not fail? Anything! Everything! I do have dreams, but I admit that I have that fear of not being good enough, judged. Or am I too lazy to work hard enough to make it happen? How bad do I want it?
What is your dream? How bad do you want it? Bad enough?