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Alright guys, I have a confession to make. The first step towards overcoming a problem is to admit it right?
So here it goes: I have “Frozenitis.”
No, that’s not some word I made up in response to this unbelievable winter we’ve experienced. It refers to the shared unhealthy obsession I have with the newest animated move, Frozen (2013).
I know right? I’m just as surprised as you are. Thinking my obsession for Disney movies quelled at a young age, I was once again taken in by the story, music and the magic that Frozen (2013) brought back to my life. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you should definitely check it out. For real. It will change your life. But in the meantime, take a listen to this brilliant cover of the Academy Award winning song from the movie, “Let it Go” and then scroll down for my reflections:
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry
A wise friend of mine once said, “Fear is a hypocritical mechanism; it attempts to keep us alive but it truly prevents us from living.”
Often times we let fear envelop our lives and drive our decisions. In our professional settings, these common fears manifest themselves in different ways: the fear of the unknown, others’ perceptions of us, the fear of inadequacy and indecision. Sound familiar? These entities can unknowingly consume us. They alter our perception, forcing us to make decisions that create safety and comfort, blinding us from what we may truly want.
Personally, I have become the master of survival. Through my ninja-like tactics of evasion and avoidance, I have been able to craft a functional life where I don’t have to face my fears or worry about what people think. I must say, I Is this the way to live? I am not so convinced anymore.
For those of us who don’t have all of the answers, how can we combat such a formidable foe?
Let it Go
This song serves as an anthem for those who are trying to break free of these fears and “let it go.” I know it seems cheesy and it’s way easier said than done, but sooner or later we must confront what is hindering us from becoming who we want to be. Once you identify what is holding you back, nothing can stop you from unleashing your true potential. As the lyrics say, “It’s time to see what I can do; No right, no wrong, no rules for me; I’m free!” We all have an inner power or talent, so why not share it?
So take a deep breath. Envision the person you want to be. Don’t be afraid anymore. Embrace who you are and what it takes. Enjoy the ride.
I picked this cover of the song to share with you for two reasons.
The original version, although fantastic in its own ways, doesn’t express the same type of positive energy and reassurance that the One Voice Children’s Choir captures in this brilliant arrangement. Something can be said about 60-plus children’s voices in harmony, yeah? This energy promotes a confidence and spirit that inspires immediate action (I know right? I jumped off the couch after I found it). I hope this energy passes to you as you prepare for battle against your own demons.
In addition to being a firm believer in music’s energy creating power, I also believe that it is a universal language; messages can be communicated and understood by any person, regardless of age, color, race, shape or size. When I see two different types of musicians come together to communicate the same message through the infusion of two vastly different styles of music, it shows an understanding that exceeds language barriers. What does this mean? That anyone can understand the importance of letting go, that this notion, communicated through song, is not reserved for any one type of person. Everyone has a right to understand and pursue a life devoid of fear.
So as you pursue your quest for happiness, as I will, I hope that we can all come into our own and realize one thing:
The cold never bothered me anyway.
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