We Are Some Body

Moments.   I talk about them often.  I live them always.   And I sure love watching someone in their moments.

Often while I am pedaling away on my bike/trainer I read or watch videos.   Sometimes to get an extra adrenaline kick I watch videos that inspire me, motivate me, make me laugh, or touch me deeply.  I get an intense energy from these moments.  Other’s moments.

Today I went back to a video I have seen often, but not for awhile.   Some people may not get the same value from it that I do.   There is a video that I just love.   It’s  the first video of Susan Boyle, where she stood in front of that almost mocking crowd to sing because she wanted a chance, and she wanted to be someone. …  That gets me.  Every time.  I so admire the courage she had to of possessed to go in front of the thousands,  hundreds of thousands, of people to sing.   If that had been me I would have burst out crying when they started snorting their laughter at me.   And then burst out hysterically crying when they all initially cheered me.   I would also like to think at the very least I would have mentally flipped them off.

I see a little bit of hero in her.

She sings.  Singing isn’t heroic.  Becoming famous isn’t heroic.    Wanting to do something big and not giving up, that’s kind of heroic.  To keep going when others are laughing, that’s really  kind of heroic.  I think having a dream, a passion, a desire to do something because it lives within us, and not giving up on that life that lives internally – I do find that heroic.   There doesn’t have to be fame and fortune involved.   Maybe some dreams do include that, or come with that as a result.  But I think most dreams, honest dreams that keep us energized and hopeful, have to do with becoming good.  Or better.  Or the best, at something that makes us happy.   Hopefully the end result makes others happy.

It’s looking inside of ourselves.   Listening to ourselves.   Believing in us when maybe no body else even knows to believe.   It’s being quiet when all you want to do is scream.   It’s working the midnight shift, or the day shift, or every shift you can.  While raising the kids and using your dream to propel you.  It’s that living thing inside of you that makes you do the things you do, always hoping to get better or be able to live and fulfill your dream.   Maybe sometimes that is the best result of a dream, the propelling power in our lives.   I bet a lot of us use our dreams as a go to mental place, where we go when life gets difficult or near unbearable.   And to be able to dream, to think about the possibilities, that’s what keeps us going and gets us through.

I sometimes go back to watching that video and see the smirking and doubtful faces in the crowd.    We know now what talent Susan Boyle has.   But before she even opened her mouth, she had that, that dream.   That ability.   But before any of us knew her ability, she was already some one.   We are all that person, standing on that stage, before she opened her mouth to sing.   Before she sings, that is me.   That is you.   That is most of us.   Some of us may never open our mouths and sing our dream.   But it’s there.

I just hope that we all have that kind of moment.   Not the open-our-mouth-and-sing moment.  But that moment where we stand on that stage, before we open our mouth to sing, that moment where we realize our dreams can come true.   And even if they don’t, we are somebody.

42 thoughts on “We Are Some Body

  1. Do your children realize how lucky they are? You are a living well of inspiration, Colleen!!
    * On a side note, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to “mentally flip someone off.” Does that make us strange?


    • Awwww, thanks Anka! 🙂 They sure tell me they love me….but not sure if ‘inspired’ is something I’ve heard yet. 🙂

      And mentally flipping somebody off does NOT make us strange. Makes us wise. (Knowing not to do it out loud).



  2. And I’m not sure it even has to be as grand as realizing one’s dream come true, Colleen. Simply being on a stage or with a group of people and sharing a personal or private reflection, could be just as inspiring — just as momentous a moment. Lovely thoughts you’ve shared here. Thank you.


  3. Omg Colleen! This is SO weird… My husband works at a very prestigioususuc rehearsal studio here in L.A. My son was on there the other day rehearsing with some friends and Susan Boyle was rehearsing next door. There are often famous people rehearsing there and we don’t always see them but I did get to see Susan that day. Of course, it is requested that we don’t bother celebrities when they rehearse there so I didn’t speak to her or anything but what a coincidence, right? And , yes , her story is an inspirational one.


  4. To never give up is more difficult than we thought. A good inspiration to keep going, needed that. As ever your timing is eerily good, in a good way. 🙂


  5. Love Susan Boyle. Love that you watch videos to inspire. But I especially love this: “Wanting to do something big and not giving up, that’s kind of heroic. To keep going when others are laughing.” Have a terrific Tuesday, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,


  6. Colleen … This made me think of the father-son duo of Team Hoyt, and perhaps the most moving and inspiring video you’ll ever see. Google it and check it out if you have a few minutes … well-spent.


    • Oh Jim! You speak my language! I don’t have to look them up. I’ve watched video after video of them. That is not only inspiring, it is life affirming, love enriching…. it is all so very good. THANK YOU! 🙂


  7. Your posts scatter these little seeds of wisdom that plant themselves in the mind, heart, or soul — wherever they are most needed — where they sprout and grow and bloom. Thank you for that. 🙂


    • You’re welcome Robin. I appreciate your extremely kind words. (Just as a funny….in “real life” when someone comments about something I just said like “that’s a good idea” I respond with “I’m a thinker I am.”



  8. So cool Chatems! You know a few years back Hubby and I bought a helicopter and leased it out to the school where he trained. We owned it for two years. I would have never imagined in a million years that I would buy and own an actual helicopter. How crazy is that?!


  9. I’d like it if you shared that link. I’ve not seen Susan Boyle do that performance, although I heard what happened. So many good truths in your post today – I need to think about that more. It doesn’t fit into my 31 Days of Nurturing Myself (I don’t think, but we’ll see), but it sure speaks to what I did to finish my college degree and get my CPA.

    My Dad’s plans was that I marry well and stay home to raise children; my in-laws didn’t even see value in a high school degree let alone college or beyond. When I failed the CPA the first time, my husband was the one who encouraged me to keep with it. He didn’t have any college of his own and neither of us barely understood what passing the CPA exam was about. But his support was important to me taking it the second and third time until I passed it.

    Once again, you drag the truth out into the light of day for the rest of us.


    P.S. Thanks for all your notes on my 31 Days Challenge. I’ve really appreciated that!


    • (You’re welcome. :))

      I am so glad you stood upon your stage and sang! 🙂

      I just watched this video again when I went to copy the link for you. It gets me every single time I watch it. So powerful on so many levels. I admire her courage. And learning some of her story after the fact…..I am ever so much more impressed with her. She has more courage than I could ever possess in ten life times.


  10. I am soooo with you on that moment idea. I wonder if we recognize the moment when it arrives, or if it just becomes another event. I am not sure of the impact of anything until it has passed and I have had a chance to reflect on it. I can only judge its value based on the experiences I had until that time. I look back on “moments” from my childhood that I should have recognized as moments – but had no idea what they were then – I just forged ahead. Reflection is such an important act to engage in when evaluating our “moments”. Cool post, Colleen! It makes me consider my moments – or would be moments – or moments yet to come.


    • Personally, I think when I was younger I rarely recognized moments. I don’t know that I truly recognized them (other than absolute huge moments like child birth) until in my thirties. Now I can recall vividly special moments. Because I made myself stop. Stand. Still. Be. That. Moment. One of my favorites my husband actually caught in a photograph as I stood atop an island of Ireland and saw the ocean, breathed the air and kept telling myself “I am here. I am here. I want to close my eyes in the future and feel me being here NOW.”

      Oh geez.

      Here’s to our moments Stacey!


      • Amen for that. I totally can relate to that image of you standing looking at the ocean. There is something so powerful about the water – I did the same thing when I was 17 on a little island off the coast of Newfoundland called St Pierre and Micquelon – owned still by France! I was on a French program. Unreal moments. They take your breath away.


  11. I remember watching Susan Boyle, how Simon’s mouth fell open, in shock. I think we all deserve to be loved, treasured and our talents to be found. I hope she feels loved. Her voice is amazing and beautiful. There was a period of time I felt so bad for her, since she did not feel cared about. Somehow, I have hope things have changed. . .


    • We do, don’t we? To be loved and treasured. What great things come to those who are loved and treasured, and those who love and treasure.

      I felt bad for her as well. It sounds like she has some amazing support. And that she has done well despite some of the things she has dealt with. More power and joy to her!


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