Susan the Brave

I am the seven millionth person to blog about Susan Boyle, which makes me a little late to the party, but just in case you haven’t seen this clip — I promise, your time will not be wasted.

Susan Boyle auditioned recently for the reality show “Britain’s Got Talent.” This is what happened.

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The reason we tell this kind of story over and over in books and movies is because sometimes life has these storybook moments. And because people have dreams that are private and powerful; and sometimes we find our courage and seize the moment when it comes, even when it means walking out on stage to jeers and catcalls. It’s one of the bravest things I’ve seen in a long time. And one of the clearest examples that talent isn’t enough for these stories we love so much: there must also be guts.

Sometimes being brave only gets us through the next week or day or minute. But sometimes it gets us right to the heart of the dream. And sometimes we have to go through years of being brave over and over, protecting the dream, until we get the chance to show our guts. If Susan Boyle can be so brave, then I guess I can too.

3 thoughts on “Susan the Brave”

  1. I’m suprised no one has commented yet. She not only has a fine voice, but a beautiful spirit. What is beauty anyway? Of course it’s at least partly physical, and I usually appreciate that. But music is different. If you don’t understand the song, then all the beauty in the world isn’t going to make any difference. She has my undying admiration.

  2. I thought it was interesting that she chose that particular song.

    I think you have shown plenty of guts over and over again.

    It’s always inspirational to me to see both her kind of guts and your kind of guts, Kelley.

    And hmmm, maybe I can show some too.

  3. I heard this story on NPR and thought, “Yeah, isn’t it great to shake up the gate keepers from time to time”—but seeing it…a good cry is refreshing sometimes and when you see someone who really has It who’s never had the chance to show It before actually come through like that, so beautifully, so poignantly….

    Damn, I feel good seeing that. Thanks for posting it.

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