At the time I first saw it, the video of Susan Boyle’s performance
at “Britain’s Got Talent” had been viewed 6 million times on YouTube. Just a few days later, it was at – hold on to your hat!
– over TWENTY FIVE MILLION views!
Wow. (For a double wow, see the view count today!)
When I first watched it, my mind was in turmoil. I hit ‘REPLAY’ three more times, and each time, a wave of strong emotion ran through me.
Predominant was that surge of sheer adrenaline that makes you want to stand up and scream at the top of your lungs:
It’s the primal, atavistic rooting for the underdog, the irrational desire to see passion triumph over logic, the excitement that we live vicariously through seeing someone else go for that impossible dream… and win!
When the audience rose to give Susan a standing ovation, I didn’t just see a middle-aged 47-year old house-wife receiving accolades for a superlative on-stage performance.
I saw validation of the relentless persistence of a determined dreamer who dared to follow her heart.
I saw the collective cheering of humanity for someone who stared down a cynical universe, and spat in its eye.
And I saw MY FUTURE.
Yours too. If you want that.
Because Susan showed me – and you – that it is NEVER ‘too late’ to shoot for the stars.
When Simon asked, before she sang, about her ambition to be famous: “Why hasn’t it worked out so far, darling?”
“I’VE NEVER BEEN GIVEN THE CHANCE!”
Didn’t we ALL tell ourselves that at one time or another? And didn’t we then CHOOSE to shelve those dreams – forever?
And isn’t THIS our wake-up call?
Maybe you, like me, told yourself “But there are dreams that cannot be… And there are storms we cannot weather”
And then, perhaps, you buried that hope and desire and ambition that once burned in your soul deep inside you, brushed aside the restless spirit that rose up in stubborn rebellion from time to time, soothed the nagging voice that echoed in the silence of the night with the platitude,
“Later. Yes, later.”
Watching that video made me UNCOMFORTABLE. Because until now, I had an excuse. Now, I don’t.
The song Susan Boyle performed at BGT, ends with the words:
“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed”
My question to you is:
ARE YOU GOING TO LET IT?
Or are you going to fight FOR it to come true?
Lyrics of “I Dreamed a Dream”
There was a time, when men were kind
And their voices were soft
And their words were inviting
There was a time, when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time 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 turn your hope apart
As they turn your dreams to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my dreams with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
And still I dream he’d come to me
That we would 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 the hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed