Connie Schultz, April 15, 2009 "When a Person Dares to Dream" Plain Dealer
She's a 47 year-old unemployed awkward frumpy lady from a tiny town in Scotland. Never been married. Never been kissed. Used to always being dismissed by others. Lives alone with her cats. As a child she was bullied for how she looks. But she has wanted to be a singer since she was 12.
She got her chance to sing her heart out this week on Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent television show--think American Idol. Millions have already seen her YouTUBE video. A friend forwarded it to me on Monday night with the subject line: This is Stunning!
I wasn't going to post it because it's everywhere--that is until I read Connie Schultz' column, "When a Person Dares to Dream". Connie is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and this column is another one her many KEEPERS! Read the whole column. Here's a sampling:
"Then Boyle raised the microphone and started to sing."
"Instantly, and I mean from the moment she hit the first note, everything -- and everybody -- changed."
"So many expressed, in various ways, their fear that others would never know, or care to discover, the real person lurking behind the caricature they present to the world. Many also were ashamed by their initial disregard for Susan Boyle."
"Even the most brazen among us are full of self-doubt. Some just hide it better than others. In uncertain times like these, doubt often morphs into flagellation. A lot of second-guessing begins with "could have," segues to "should have" and ends with "loser."
"Maybe that's why so many relished Boyle's conquest. There she was, shedding a sidelined life and claiming center stage, then forcing every naysayer to see why."