So many reasons to love the play Wicked, and this song was probably all of it for me.
I’m through accepting limits
’cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love, it comes at
much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
I think I’ll try defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.
Watch the Tony Awards Performance
Do you ever feel like a complete failure even though you know you’re not one? I guess I am content when I’m able to put a smile on people’s face and I guess I settle for that a lot of times, forgetting about my own problems. I procrastinate. I slack. I miss opportunities. But only I know what goes inside me. Only I know how hard I’m trying, that I want to be so good that I just end up being so bad. For some people to come and tell you that you’ve done nothing…it just feels as if an ice-cold bucket of water was dumped on you when you were not looking.
Being Latina, sometimes it feels as if I had to prove something to the world. It is as if the world is watching closely expecting you to fail, and if you do fail, they’re like “What else is new?” If I become a success, I’m an exception. I absolutely hate it when people look down on me, when not a lot is expected of me because, after all, I’m just a Latin chick. Regardless of what point I am “destined” to prove, I want to be successful for me, because I am an overachiever and it’s in my personality to want to accomplish more every time. Even though it may not show, I am going hard against all odds. So when some people—who know me—insinuate that I’ve been up to nothing, it hurts and it just makes me want to do my damndest…
Anyone searching for motivational and encouraging stories should really get this book. About twenty real-life stories are featured in it — stories of people who were born with a disability or acquired it during their youth and who as children were told that they would never move ahead in life. These people refused to bail out. Instead, they worked their butt off and became role models as adults.
I happen to be very close to one of the people featured in this book, Chris Glavin, and I am very proud of him. He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) when he was five years old. Chris was always told by his peers — and even a private school teacher — that he wouldn’t make it anywhere in life. (Oh yeah, a teacher told him that.) That goes to show…
Anyway, today the guy is anything but a failure. In Chris’ own words, “this (the cynical words from classmates and teacher) only fueled his fire” to work his way to the top and prove them all wrong. Well done, bud! Today, at 29, he is an ADD advocate and CEO of K12 Academics, an informational website for teachers, students, parents and districts officials involved in the K-12 education system.
That’s just his professional life. As a person, Chris is a great, genuine friend, son, brother and boyfriend — and may we say handsome! He’s a very happy person with an incredible personality and he’s extremely passionate about life. As you can see, the possiblities are endless. Believe in yourself! Buy the book for the detailed inspirational stories.