Monday Musings | Life Lessons from a 22 Year-Old Pop Star

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Did anyone catch the Grammy Awards yesterday? My favorite speeches were definitely Sam Smith’s second and last, when he won for Best Pop Vocal Album with In The Lonely Hour and Record of the Year with Stay With Me (Dark Child Version). And, I swear it’s not only because he won ALL.OF.THE.GRAMMYS and was the only one doing speeches.

They were really short and succinct, but the messages were spot on. In the second speech, he talked about the many ways he tried to get his music heard, including losing weight, but it led to him doing awful music. He said it wasn’t until he started being himself that his music started to flow and people started to listen to his music. He is all of 22.

What a gift to have that knowledge at such a young and tender age. It’s such a great reminder to just be yourself and your life will unfold as it’s supposed to. Sometimes it’s hard to do that, especially when you are trying so hard for something, but really, all you can do is just be you. If you are honest about who you are and true to yourself, people will honor that. And if they don’t, they do not deserve to be in your life.

Things may not always go your way, but if you stay true to yourself, then you can see other opportunities much more clearly and make better decisions. Besides, it’s too much work trying to be someone else. Save the energy for your true passions.

In his last and final speech, Sam said he wanted to thank the man who broke his heart and inspired the album that won him four Grammys. Just goes to show you, there is a silver lining to everything, even if we don’t always see it immediately. All the emotions that we feel is just energy. If you’ve ever had your heartbroken, then you know what it feels like to be sadder and more hopeless than you could have ever imagined. And, it’s easy to take those feelings and channel them into something negative. However, it’s your choice. You can choose to do something self-destructive to make yourself feel better temporarily (because, in the end, you’ll only feel worse); or, you can choose to do something productive, like write an award-winning album.

If you missed it, here is Sam’s second speech (I can’t find the last one, but I’ll add it if it comes up):

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