I’m talking about Lady Gaga making another hugely insightful observation about life.
I was watching the album release show for her new ARTPOP CD, and she was being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest, as you’re probably already aware, is no intellectual titan, so the questions were pretty inane, but Lady Gaga always seems to be able to make something out of nothing. He asked her if she has any fears, and she responded: “I have all the same fears as any creative person. We are constantly putting ourselves out there. But when I release a song, I am always willing to go down with the ship. I mean that. I really believe in everything I do, and it all comes from the heart, and so why should I ever worry or care about what anyone says about it?”
That one phrase really resonated with me: “I am always willing to go down with the ship.” She has fears, like everyone else, but she does not allow herself to succumb to them or let them stand in her way.
She’s absolutely right. That’s how we should live our lives!
I’ll give an example from my experience. I am a pretty outgoing guy, and because of that, in social situations I often put myself out there a bit. I’ll be at the hospital, and I’ll comment to one of the nurses that they must have gotten their hair done recently, and how I think it looks great. Or I’ll be at the mall and I’ll strike up a conversation with the cash register person, in an attempt to make their day a bit more enjoyable. How am I “putting myself out there?” Well, not everyone appreciates these comments or wants to engage in this way. I was at the gym the other day and I was working out next to a woman, and I noticed she had no headphones on. This is a rarity in the gym—everyone at the gym seems to wear headphones. So I commented to her, ”Hey, you’re ‘old school’ like me, no headphones, huh?” I was just trying to be nice and sociable. She responded, “I don’t want to talk to you. I’m having a bad day. Please, leave me alone.”
Well, maybe I’m a lunkhead, but an experience like this will not stop me from being positive, outgoing, and complimentary to people I meet.
Are you living your life to the fullest, with the confidence to put yourself out there, regardless of the consequences?
Have you always wanted to write a romance novel, but worry it won’t be “good enough” and you will be criticized? Have you wanted to dye your hair blond, but are afraid of what people might say? Would you love to follow a favorite band around the country, but haven’t because people will think you are too old for that? Are you afraid to go back and finish college, learn a new language, or take in a foster child, for fear of rejection or failure?
If you really believe in something, and do it from the heart, you don’t need to worry about what the result will be or what people might say. Be more like Lady Gaga. Be brave.
Be willing to go down with the ship.
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