“You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way.” ~Lady Gaga
Do you show up as you? Or who they want you to be?
I didn’t think I’d give Lady Gaga a second’s worth of my life.
It opened my eyes a bit.
Finally, I found myself not being able to peel away from her two-hour special on HBO called Monster Ball.
What an amazing role model! (And she likes Bruce Springstein. Here’s a little taste of him with a similar theme … The Rising)
An Icon With A Message
“I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me.” ~Lady Gaga
Not only is the woman an amazing talent, but she’s a damn good human being.
Before the show, the camera is focused on her in the back seat of her limo. She is crying as she looks at her name up on the billboard of Madison Square Garden.
You can feel the humility as she speaks about her past and inspiring her fans to be themselves and reach for their dreams.
The theme of Monster Ball is celebrating the uniqueness of each of us, the monster in each of us if you will.
Her purpose is to empower each of us to be ourselves, no matter how outrageous or out there, and be proud of it.
Conforming to Society
“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” ~Lady Gaga
It is easy to fit in. Society wants you to. You just mimic what everyone else does.
Human beings are social animals. Living with others increases our chances of survival.
High school teens will laugh at the bully picking on another so that they connect with the bully.
Fashion is based on people wanting to dress and be like the models and celebrities of media. Otherwise they wouldn’t make money. And people wearing the same clothes must be in the same group.
Society stresses on young adults to go to college, get married in the their 20’s, have a family, work a 9-to-5 job, and settle down. It’s fine if that’s what you want. But most people don’t realize they’re conforming to everyone else’s desires and not being themselves.
Think of the stress of a single, 35-year-old female. Or the kid being picked on. Or the person who dresses differently. Or who has different color skin or who walks to a different tune.
They are often excluded from the group, especially when they exclude themselves by being uncomfortable in their own skin.
But, as Lady Gaga would attest, it’s more important to be yourself than it is to fit in. The majority might not accept you, but at least you’ll accept yourself.
Born This Way
This is what Lady Gaga does, empowering America’s young females among the rest, to be comfortable in their own skin.
Here are the lyrics to her most recent single, Born This Way, to read along with Maria.
“I want women — and men — to feel empowered by a deeper and more psychotic part of themselves. The part they’re always trying desperately to hide. I want that to become something that they cherish.” ~Lady Gaga
Who are you trying to hide?