This video brings back so many memories.
I was 16 and REALLY disliked myself.
I think most people can understand that feeling. Of not feeling good enough or of feeling lost. Especially at that age.
When you’re young you don’t necessarily feel like you’ve got “growing up to do”. So you take what people say at face value. I never really liked what I saw in the mirror, but I had music and singing.
At that age I was told a few times by people who I looked up to, that I should forget about it. I wasn’t special and I wasn’t going to amount to anything. Best thing to do was to be realistic about what I could achieve. Being a successful singer was not achievable.
So, I put music to one side and I went to study film at uni, which was my escape from having to confront the possibility that they were right and that I’d ultimately fail as a musician. 16-17 year old me was really sad and lost. I didn’t recognise myself.
It’s cathartic now to look at this video. I think people forget how strongly words can impact others. Especially when you’re young and impressionable.
Telling someone that their dreams don’t matter and will never be achieved is unnecessary. If those dreams makes you happy, no one should take it away from you.
My experiences have turned me into the person I am today and for that I am grateful, because I like me. That’s all that matters.
We all have our good days and our bad days, that’s human. But we must not forget that everyone is dealing with something. Everyone hurts and feels pain. Words of encouragement and kindness go a really long way, even if you don’t think they will.
If someone tells you something isn’t possible, dream on and dream big. That’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Because those who put you down won’t be the ones who’ll be there when you get back up. Don’t let anyone tell you what’s possible.
“Another Falling Star” - @petercincotti ✨.