Happy Thursday! I had something else planned for today, but then last night changed everything, and I had to share this message with you. It’s about exposing yourself. (But remember to keep it clean!)
Have you seen “America’s Got Talent”? I hadn’t until recently. For those of you in the same shame boat as me (ha!), this show features people from all over the country performing all sorts of acts – comedy, magic, singing, dancing, etc. – looking to win the grand prize of a
million bucks and the chance to headline a show in Vegas. Not too shabby!
I love Movie Magic (I use this terminology for television too), so when my friend suggested getting tickets for a taping at Radio City Music Hall, I was into it! When I got there, I was really into it, and not just because I learned who the judges were! Heidi Klum?! Ahhhh! (I can see why you might think I live under a rock.)
The show is great because it’s just so moving to witness someone be brave enough to try for something they believe in, feel passionate about, and want more than anything. One of those people was Abigail Baird, who combines her aerial act with animation, calling it Aerial
Animation. Oh. Em. Gee. This girl has some serious talent. She’s doing something so original, so captivating, so beautiful. I’ve never see anything like it. And her story is touching and inspiring. (Video clips below.)
Spoiler alert! Last night, Abigail was told she’d be moving on in the competition! She was so gracious and gave thanks to everyone, along with special shout out to the man who supports her. (Literally, watch the act.)
Abigail was happy and very emotional. She said she’s never felt more vulnerable. Never felt more vulnerable. (I wanted to make sure you heard that.) Howard Stern told Abigail she was a front runner and gave her some advice. I wish I had the exact quote, but nothing’s been posted yet. He told her to take it further, to open up completely, to just go for it (or something to that effect). That moment really stuck with me.
Why did this touch me and make me reconsider my mascara choice? Because whether we’re doing something totally different or not, when we expose our true selves, we feel vulnerable. The difference between Abigail (and anyone who moves forward feeling fulfilled and happy in
this life) and someone who doesn’t is that she felt that way and pushed through it. It’s not that you’re never going to feel nervous or scared or unsure. That’s “normal”. Consider that a sign that you are going in the right direction, as “off” as that may sound!
Giving yourself permission to be who you are and put yourself out into the world is huge. It takes courage. The reason we get goosebumps when we see this in action isn’t just because of the mood created by the lights and music (though that doesn’t hurt!), but because we’re all are made up of the same core energy, with a desire to be seen, heard, and validated.
I don’t mean we all want to be a performer, or have approval on a large scale, but deep down, we just want it to be okay to be ourselves, and the only way for that to happen is for us to first accept ourselves. When we do that, surprisingly enough, we no longer need the approval of others, though it’s still nice!
The message I want to echo is this:
Talk to me! Are you shying away from doing something because you’re afraid to expose yourself? Are you willing to push through the discomfort and put yourself out there? Put it out there in the comments below.
And if you’re on the edge and want to jump, but still need a friendly little shove, I’m here. We can do this tandem. Which reminds me, I added some new coaching packages to my site. Have a look if you’re so inclined. They may be of interest to you or someone you know!
Well, it’s time to update my TV time priority show list! (Yes, I actually have one. Don’t judge.) While I do that, take 10 minutes (Oh, you bet work can wait! Let’s generate some feel-good energy!) to check out the clips of Abigail Baird – Aerial Animation.
And, if you liked this, feel free to share with the links below. I’d “bee” grateful!
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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