S o n j a M a t t i s o n
The other day I was watching a documentary about the magnificent and wonderful Nina Simone. Since I heard her music I have been a great admirer of her voice, style, and musical ability – her talent. One thing that I learned about her in the film is that she was the epitome of excellence and success. I see why I admire her so much.
Her life as a musician was amazing as she started playing the piano as a child and progressed as an adult with the ability to master classical music, jazz, blues and probably any other kind of music. Her passion was well lived and led her into fame and fortune. It was something that could not be denied. She and her music were one in a nutshell.
After seeing the film I realized that Nina was meant to be a musician. I am sure it also resonated within her, which I believe talent resonates in everyone, and inside we know the talents that we hold within even though many times we suppress them. For instance, when many of us choose to do things that are opposite of what we are really good at such as if we are an excellent artist, and fear that we will not make enough money as an artist, so we replace our passion with an unfulfilling job with a dead end career. We are all meant to be ‘something’ beyond what society depicts what we should be.
We all have passion, and at the same time have fear. In that case our passion should override our fear because that is the only way to unfold our passion and dream into reality as Nina did playing the piano until the end. We all are definitely not designed to be superstars like her, but instead we are made to be our own celebrity icon, in our own world. Nina was a perfect example of a leader for us who have talent, and desire burning inside of us that needs to be lived out without hesitation. We need not to waver with our passion but be audacious with it and let it lead into our destiny.
S o n j a M a t t i s o n | Contributing ( Lifestyle ) Writer