I was driving down the street the other day and looked over to see a lady in her car, dancing in her seat, singing at the top of her lungs, smiling and having a great time! She looked so happy that it made me smile and turn my radio up and start singing, too!
It reminded me of one of my favorite ‘Friends’ episodes when Phoebe and Rachel decided they would go jogging. They begin stretching and then Phoebe takesoff running with her arms flailing about, feet stomping, and she’s smiling from ear to ear! Rachel is horrified and finds ways to avoid going with her again. When Phoebe catches Rachel jogging alone, she confronts her. Rachel admits that she is just too embarrassed to run with her. Phoebe tells to Rachel that, when you’re a kid, nothing affects you, you can be and do anything you want to with no reservations or worries about what other people think….jogging is boring, so why not make it fun? Rachel finally tries Phoebe’s way of running and feels so free and great doing it that she no longer cares about what other people think.
When you’re very young, you do what you want to do and you decide what you want to be. If you decide you want to be a superhero, no one can persuade you that it can’t happen!
While I was singing along with the radio in the car, I started imaging myself on stage. I secretly had the dream that if I could be anything, I’d want to be a rock star! What happened? Why didn’t I become a Rock Star?
I thought back to when I was in high school. I was very shy in school, I loved music, and was in band and chorus, but was very quiet in the background.I had friends who were in Swing Choir, so I got up the nerve to try out. I was terrified, but walked into the room and began to sing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Well, I was so shy and scared that there was no way I was going to be chosen. At least I tried! But I thought…what if that teacher would have given me a chance? Maybe encouraged me and gave me a little confidence? Would my life have taken a different path?
As you grow up, people tell you things such as; ‘You can’t do that! ‘You’re not smart enough for that’, you can’t afford that’, just get a ‘real job’ and so on. So often we end up giving up on our dreams of being a superhero, or a rock star, and taking an easier road. What if we never listened to those naysayers, how different could our life be?