Mr. Lyndsy and I love watching The Voice. I don’t know if it’s the blind audition that sucked me in, but it’s just different than other shows like it. Last season was the first I’d ever seen of it and it brought us Jordan Smith. That man has the voice of an angel. His talent is absolutely insane. We finally got his new album and were jamming the other day on the way to the mall.
“Stand in the Light” came on and I was immediately taken. Goosebumps on my arms and head. The chorus is just so important to me.
This is who I am inside
This is who I am, I’m not going to hide
Cause the greatest risk we’ll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are
My first response was sadness. I’m so fortunate in my life that I get to be who I am and people love and support me for it. I’ve got tattoos, piercings, sickness I can’t control which occasionally includes a total crying breakdown. My raunchy sense of humor and vulgar mouth have found homes with many friends. I have outlets for my creative goals and willing victims when I want to try something new spiritually.
The idea that there are people who feel like they can’t be themselves makes me incredibly sad. We should all get to be who we are. We’re all uniquely built and that uniqueness is needed by the Universe. That’s a beautiful thing.
The other thing that occurred to me is how incredibly talented I am not when it comes to singing. I always expect that dogs and cats will howl along when I sing. It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s just a matter of time. Jordan Smith’s talent is unquestionable and nothing short of amazing.
I believe we all have an amazing talent. When it’s not something easily recognized because of what society prizes, I think we lose sight of it. That leaves us feeling depressed and like we don’t have value. That’s simply not true.
Great capacity for kindness is a talent. Having scores of empathy. Being great at math and science. All of these things matter and we need all of it.
So if you feel like you don’t have something, know you do. It may require a step back and away from the norms we’ve come to accept, but it’s there. I promise. If you don’t believe me, reach out. I’ll help you find it.