I Want To Be Her!

On the cruise ship they played a variety of music in main buffet dining room. Several times I found myself listening to Sarah Brightman prompting me to investigate her and her music when I got home. I opened the Sarah Brightman Website to see a long haired beautiful Sarah running in a stunning red gown. My first thought was “I want to be her.” Then I read in Wikipedia that she is my age, a mere 4 months older than I am.  I surfed Google images to find pictures of the sexy, mysterious Sarah. I was envious. I looked back at myself in dismay.

I dabbled more and looked further, finding that she didn’t always appear glamorous. In some pictures she is rather ordinary looking. Perception is reality, or is it? I could find a photographer to make me look however I wanted to portray myself and people would buy it. Anyone could do it, but the reality is we all have strengths and weaknesses. Oh some of us may have the brains of Einstein, but even he forgot simple things. Looks can be manipulated but what cannot be disputed is that she was born with talent and worked extremely hard for a long time to become the accomplished soprano that she is.  I learned all the things she has done and accomplished. I think what I found so attractive about her is the romantic theatrical style that she embraces.  I was also impressed with the wide variety of work she has done keeping herself from being pigeon holed into one small category. The decisions and choices she has made are the summation of who she is-at least professionally. It’s the same for us. The decisions and choices we make lead us on career paths and create our image and identity.  For me to say I want to be Sarah Brightman is pretty outrageous, but what I do want is to be true to my own sense of style and to follow my own path. I think we all find people who march to the beat of their own drum attractive; people who are unabashedly true to themselves regardless of what is popular, in style or even deemed “acceptable.”  It’s in light of this acceptance or perhaps even flaunting of personal style that I can say I want to be like her.

“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I'd just been myself.” - Brittany Renée