Sunday, February 20, 2011

It Gets Better w/ Keri HIlson

Keri Hilson has signed on to give her support to the It Get's Better Project which is focused on confronting the issue of "bullying" within the nations schools. Below she shares her story of childhood bullying issues. I personally still have mixed feeling about this new age bullying topic but I guess it's just another change in the social dynamic of things.

Keri's Story:
I grew up a little girl with a big, big, big, big dream. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t see the same thing in you that you might see in yourself. I remember early years of singing and being teased for my voice and people saying “Oh, you do too much with your voice, you can’t sing, you’ll never be a singer.” On the back of the school bus they use to ask me to sing and then talk about me later. I just remember that was horrifying, because that was my biggest dream and that was something …..I remember a time I was so reluctant to tell or share my talent with anyone outside of my immediate family. For them to attack it and say “Oh, you’ll never make it” I remember being distraught, I remember years of feeling not worthy and comparing myself of who I saw on TV and just saying, “Wow, you know I really want this and I’m going to die trying.” It wasn’t until I relinquished their power over me…They don’t have the power to tell me whether or not I can make it. You can’t empower anyone to attack your vision because I saw it so clearly in my head. I saw myself on that stage, I heard me singing, I saw me accepting awards and doing everything I’m doing now, I saw it then.

I’m a testament to the fact that dreams do come true but you have to believe in yourself and not seek validation in others opinions. Today, right now, I can tell you if your going through the same thing, if you have a dream that you’re fighting and others are telling you, “just keep it a hobby” or others are telling you, “I don’t think you’re talented enough,” or others are telling you, “you should probably get a real job” or others are telling you whatever it is they’re telling you about your dream, about your look, your likeness, whatever….it gets better, it gets better. But you have to make it better.


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