Yes. The Grammy’s seems like a bizarre topic to be motivational. But I’ve got your attention, don’t I? 😉
So…before I lose that attention: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?! (And, yes, that needs to be interweb screamed at you.)
Did you watch it? DID YOU?! If you didn’t, don’t keep reading until you do.
Okay, now that you’ve done that… 🙂
I did NOT watch The Grammy’s this year. This is abnormal for me. If you know me, you know that I love a good awards show. I love filling my Facebook and Twitter feeds with witty one liners and comments about performances and speeches and dresses (or, as in last night’s show, hats…I’m talking to YOU Pharrell!). But I didn’t watch this year. I did, however, catch when my feeds filled up with praise about the above Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Mary Lambert performance. I made it a point to immediately watch it after work today. And it did NOT disappoint, amirite?!
I can’t lie. I don’t need anyone to convince me for or against this point: I adore Macklemore. He’s talented in a way that is different and unique and awesome. He doesn’t care what you think of him, but how can you not like him?! I kind of want to be besties with him (although, to be fair, I think that of a lot of people). But you know one thing I really love about him? His blatant support of people being able to be WHOEVER THEY ARE AND WANT TO BE. His support for anyone to be allowed to be gay, straight, bi, black, white, or purple. Doesn’t matter. And I really love him for that. And I really love that performance for that.
I can’t wait to live in a world where EVERY state let’s you make your own decision about who you want to be with legally. I’m excited that I live in a state where it IS legal now, but I can’t wait until my best friend can live wherever he wants without having to think about how that place will perceive his lifestyle choices or the man he loves. We were not put on this earth to judge other people’s choices. We just weren’t. I mean, I can jokingly judge the shoes you wear with that dress, but I will never judge if you are a woman who loves women. Or a man who loves men. Or any other damn decision in your life that is only yours to make. Because only YOU really know where you come from or why you’re making that decision.
So you know what that performance made me feel? Like things are getting better. That people are getting more accepting. That things are changing in ways that are mindblowingly beautiful. It made me feel happy to exist in a world where we get to watch something like this unfold. So if you’re out there watching that or reading this, and you’re struggling to figure out who you are: BE MOTIVATED TODAY. Be motivated by the fact that some of us love you no matter who you are. And that the “some of us” becomes “more of us” every day. Know that there’s always going to be hate and people who are ignorant morons, because, well, you just can’t make some people gain intelligence or understanding, but the rest of us – the majority of us – we love you for you. You make this world a better place. You add to the tapestry of awesome. And I wish I could hug you for putting up with the crap (seriously…I love hugs and think they’re powerful). And I love you.