Happy New Year everyone! I for one am very excited that 2014 has come to an end. On a personal and professional level, my year was bittersweet. On one hand it was a really good year, but at the same time it was also a somewhat difficult year as well. A lot of growth happened during 2014, which came from a tremendous amount of hard work and perseverance that arose from some very challenging situations. As I begin a new year and think about new year resolutions, I’ve decided for one to not take myself so seriously anymore. I can be a bit of a pit bull at times and not let things go, so this year I’ve decided to ease up on things I haven’t been able to ease up on in the past and to happily move on.
Today as I was reading an online article about Idina Menzel’s New Year’s performance in Time’s Square, I could’t help but think that we as people in general need to let things go.
The 43 year-old singer seemingly missed several notes and the Twitterverse exploded with negative comments about her singing skills. One fan compared her performance to a dying whale and others jokingly said that her inadvertent “alter ego,” Adele Dazeem, had taken her place/ The Tony winning actress responded to the criticism via social media by tweeting a photo showing how she defines success.”There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I’m hitting 75 percent of them, I’m succeeding,” she said. “Performing isn’t only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It’s staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music. She continued, “I am more than the notes I hit, and that’s how I try to approach my life.” She concluded by saying, “You can’t get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you’ve done that, all that’s left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them.”
With our advances in technology and social media, we have become this highly aggressive, entitled, critical, mean-spirited and negative nation of people yelling “give me what I want, give me what I want” and then posting negative comments to sites such as Yelp, Twitter, Facebook, etc when they don’t get it. I have to say that this makes me extremely sad because people are losing their sense of perspective and sense of empathy. I also say, “way to go Idina!” I think your response is perfect. As people, none of us are without fault!!!! If so, please stand up because the world would like to meet you. All of us will and have fallen short at one time or another. All we can do is try our best by consistently giving our all!