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Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover

Have you seen this YouTube video clip that is circulating around? Please overlook my lack of technical ability (I sadly cannot figure out how to embed a video in this article) and just click on the link the old-fashioned way.  You really need to watch this.

This particular recording of what transpired on the hit show Britain’s Got Talent is roughly 7 minutes, which I know sounds like a long time to sit there watching, but the time will FLY by, trust me.  I normally hate these “Oh you just have to watch this” type of thing, and therefore usually don’t, but my sister’s note in an email last night compelled me to take a look.  Yeah, this clip has been flying around the internet — and yeah, it really is one you have to see.

I have now watched it several times, and each time this Zen Mama Wannabe gets MORE teary-eyed than before!  Goose-bumps run up and down my arms.  Words come to mind like “extraordinary” and “stunning” and “incredible.”  How many life lessons or teachable moments can you come up with — from just those 7 minutes?

I felt like I just had to know more about her story; after a quick Google search, here is what I came up with. (Better to watch the clip first, then read on).

  • Susan Boyle is 47, currently unemployed (but maybe not for long!) and lives alone in the house she grew up in.
  • Both her parents are deceased, with her mother dying only 2 years ago.  It was her mom who wanted her to try out for the show, who believed in her daughter’s talent and told her she could win.  Once she passed away, Susan finally got up enough nerve to give it a go. “I wanted to make her proud of me,” Susan says of gathering up the courage to try out.
  • Susan was “ruthlessly mocked” and bullied as a child because of her frizzy hair and a learning disability she has struggled with ever since being starved of oxygen at birth. To escape the torture from the other kids, she turned to singing.  (Guess who is having the last laugh now).
  • She has always longed to find love and romance, unfortunately lacking from her life as her parents didn’t want her to date.  Never married, never even kissed, she says her only real regret is not being a “mum” as she loves children and wishes she could have had her own family.  She has given up on that dream, but still holds out for finding love.

Quite something, eh?  I bet we have not heard the last from this “frumpy” woman from a small village in Scotland who is inspiring (and teaching!) millions from all around the world not to judge a book by its cover.  Well done, Susan Boyle!

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3 Responses to “Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover”

  1. LarkLady Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    And what nerve it must have taken Susan Boyle to try out for that show! My daughter auditioned on America’s Got Talent (and got left on the cutting room floor), but it was a brutal process in a lot of ways. Well done, indeed, Susan Boyle — and thank you for a lesson I hope I never forget! I hope we hear a lot more from you in the future!
    And thank you, too, to Susan’s mother, who encouraged her and gave her hope to try out! She must have known Susan would be risking a lot — and yet she must also have believed in her daughter enough to think it worth that risk.

  2. Zen Mama Wannabe Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Yes, belief in a child is SO powerful. We really need to remember that more often in our interactions with the children in our lives.
    Sounds like her mother/parents were very protective of her — possibly a detriment to her at least at times — and yet ultimately provided the final push she needed to seek out her goals (well, at least one of them). Good for Susan Boyle!
    And shame on all of us who predetermined how she would be before she even started singing a note.
    Many good lessons here, I think. I love this story!

  3. LarkLady Says:
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The L.A. Times has an article on Susan Boyle today: “When talent trumps it all — It wasn’t glam or glitz that catapulted Susan Boyle onto a world stage overnight. It was just a dream.”
    I’m sure the Times wasn’t the only one to have a lengthy article on Susan and her instant and widespread appeal. Go, Susan, go!

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