“What would you do if there were no limitations in life?”
This was something I recently asked the Moxie tribe and I received some great responses - both funny and poignant. But my favorite was “dance and sing like Taylor Swift”...that one made me laugh.
Yes, some of us are rhythmically challenged and can only sing in the key of “off-pitch”; while others are able to move and shake and flex the power of their vocal chords in a way that shatters Grammy records.
Metaphorically speaking...yes, you can learn to dance and sing like Taylor Swift
There are two points I want to make.
The first is that Ms. Swift is, no doubt, a pop star princess, but I think most of what resonates with her followers is her ability to present real-life in a way that is relatable.
Life is about connections – a sense of belonging and that someone else “knows” what you’re dealing with. This occurs in our daily lives. Think about office lunches when the staff gets together to poke jabs at the boss or complain about work; or when you get together with your girlfriends and each of you has some gripe about your boyfriend, husband or significant other’s latest failure to listen to you. We all just want to know that we’re not weird and someone else “gets” us. Connection.
The second is that we all have a foundation upon which we can build. We all have special skills and talents – some can shake their hips better than others, some are gifted with words. But for most people, our gifts are still in their raw form. You have to work at bringing them to the surface. I would venture a guess that while Taylor Swift may have a natural-born singing voice, somewhere along the way she had to put effort into making her talents shine - and I'm not just talking about a great stylist and music producer.
We often look at others with a degree of envy. However, what we see is typically the result of action and hard work, which can often be mistaken for luck. We each have the capacity and the ability to make decisions – do I sit here wishing I “insert dream here”, or do I start doing something about it?
The truth is simple (and cliché). Each of us is a diamond in the rough. But the more you polish, the shinier you get. Yes, there will always be limitations, challenges and setbacks but the truth is that action breeds momentum.
So, will she ever be able to dance and sing like Taylor Swift? Don’t know. But I do believe that anyone can be a superstar. That’s what makes this world amazing – so many people, with so many talents.
I get goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities.
PS. I just want to say THANK YOU for being part of this community. If you like what you read, please share the love and send this to friends, colleagues or family (heck, even send it to an enemy).