Never Enough

By Shannon Boatwright

When you are with the ones that you love so deeply, isn’t it true that you want all the time with them you can get? When we love so dearly, we cannot imagine our lives without certain people. There is never enough time, never enough moments, no matter what. We want to do, be and experience all that we possibly can with the ones that we love.Never Enough

When I think of my family, those special occasions when we get together, we don’t want them to end. Those times when family is accepting, loving, playing and having such a blast together, always seem to go by all too quickly.

When I think of my dearest friends who are like family, we seem to never get enough time together!

When I think of my precious children, there certainly is NEVER enough time.  Time is critical and there is absolutely never enough of it. They grow so fast, change so fast. I want to wrap them up in my arms and never, ever let go. There never is enough time spent with my angel babies. It is brutal, especially considering how quickly time seems to fly by.

And when I think of my husband, My Love, I want to experience so much together! Though I am definitely a woman who needs her alone time, I also cannot stand to be without this man. It’s crazy. I guess true love will do that to a person. There truly are never enough moments to satisfy my need to be with this man of mine.

I’ve written about the brilliant and amazing movie, The Greatest Showman, already. The inspiration this incredible movie provides seems to be boundless.  There’s not a song on that soundtrack that I don’t love.  First musical ever, in fact, where I actually, seriously love every single song!  And the first time I heard the song, “Never Enough”, I knew I had to sing it. It moved me and moves me still every single time I hear it.

I am blessed enough to have a very special relationship with my Mama. And I am beyond blessed that my fabulous Mama is so talented.  I was thrilled to have the priceless experience of performing this song while my Mama accompanied me on the piano. We ended up performing the song for my 8th grade honors students for an in-class talent show at the end of the first semester. It was such a special moment to perform with my mother for my students! The video here is of one of our rehearsals at home. You’ll see that my pup Monte has proven to be one of my very best audience members. Anytime I sing at home, he sits at my side and listens, occasionally giving me looks of complete adoration and utter love.  It’s pretty darn awesome.

My Mama is playing on the very piano that her grandfather gave her when she was a young child. To say it’s special is an understatement.  Now I don’t claim to be anything special or have a good voice, in fact I know it’s not anything of super star status, but I can say that I do love to sing and hope that those that watch the video will enjoy what they hear.

In thinking about this original song, at first listen, one may think, well that’s bold and greedy of this character to claim that life is never enough.  But those that go any negative route are missing the point completely and not truly listening to the meaning.  Check out these lyrics…

I’m trying to hold my breath
Let it stay this way
Can’t let this moment end
You set off a dream with me
Getting louder now
Can you hear it echoing?
Take my hand
Will you share this with me?
‘Cause darling without you

All the shine of a thousand spotlights
All the stars we steal from the night sky
Will never be enough
Never be enough
Towers of gold are still too little
These hands could hold the world but it’ll
Never be enough
Never be enough

For me
Never, never

When you look closer, the message is so clear and so beautiful.  We love so passionately, adore and cherish so deeply, that the world is not enough, all the shine of a thousand spotlights, all the stars in the sky, towers of gold, will never be enough to complete the need we have for those that we love, for those that truly complete us, for those that make our lives worthwhile.  We could have the world in our hands, achieving all the riches and successes life has to offer, but it all means nothing, because without those that we love so dearly, nothing else matters!
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Come Alive!

By Shannon Boatwright

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” 

– The Greatest Showman

 

I’m one of the millions that has fallen completely in love with the movie “The Greatest Showman”.  Yes, I am a teacher of the fine arts, so one would think, well of course you like the movie, it’s a musical! Anyone close to me knows that I am a huge fan of Hugh Jackman, yet that’s still not the main reason why I adore this brilliant movie.   I have fallen madly in love with this film and its music, because of its message.

 

Just take a look at the lyrics from the song, “Come Alive”…

You stumble through your days
Got your head hung low
Your skies’ a shade of grey
Like a zombie in a maze
You’re asleep inside
But you can shake away

‘Cause you’re just a dead man walking
Thinking that’s your only option
But you can flip the switch and brighten up your darkest day
Sun is up and the color’s blinding
Take the world and redefine it
Leave behind your narrow mind
You’ll never be the same

Come alive, come alive
Go and ride your light
Let it burn so bright
Reaching up
To the sky
And it’s open wide
You’re electrified

When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive!

I see it in your eyes
You believe that lie
That you need to hide your face
Afraid to step outside
So you lock the door
But don’t you stay that way
No more living in those shadows
You and me we know how that goes
‘Cause once you see it, oh you’ll never, never be the same
We’ll be the light that’s shining
Bottle up and keep on trying
You can prove there’s more to you
You cannot be afraid

Come alive, come alive
Go and ride your light
Let it burn so bright
Reaching up
To the sky
And it’s open wide
You’re electrified

When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And we know we can’t be go back again
To the world that we were living in
‘Cause we’re dreaming with our eyes wide open
So, come alive!

Come one!
Come all!
Come in!
Come on!

To anyone who’s bursting with a dream

Come one!
Come all!
You hear
The call

To anyone who’s searching for a way to break free

Break free!
Break free!

I mean come on! Wow.  I’d say this song pretty much reaches out to about 90% or more of the population. How many of us live without following our dreams? How many of us do not live up to our potential?  We bottle things up, we live within ridiculous confines and stereotypes, we allow others to dictate how we live and hold us back from our own personal dreams; and this happens on levels small and large. Too many of us are asleep on the inside, thinking it’s our only option to live within the narrow minds of those around us. Don’t be that zombie, living day to day in a cloud of survival. It’s time to recognize that we do have the ability to create happiness and success for ourselves and break free!

Major cheesiness there, I know, I know. But listen, here’s why the messages throughout this entire movie are so powerful…

It’s all about being yourself. Your true self. And being proud of who you are. We’re all different and WE ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFERENT!  We all have different talents to share with the world, different amazing bits of beauty, inside and out, to share with others.  There is certainly more to us than living within the restrictions of what others consider “the norm” or acceptable.

This movie presents a message of acceptance and the fact that everyone deserves a chance to shine. And by golly, if there is a dream within you, one that keeps poking at your gut, mind and heart, that’s the world telling you to pursue it! At some point, you have to take the risks to follow your heart and give your dreams a chance. We’ll learn from failure along the way, but that’s how we create success! By allowing ourselves to experience the things that help us to reach our dreams, we will develop a confidence in our unique beauty and abilities.  BUT, we’ve got to take that step to flip the switch if we want to truly brighten up our dark days!

I think it’s time. Ride your light and allow yourself to be electrified. It’s ok to take baby steps as you redefine your life, but let’s get out of the maze and ride our light.

It’s time to…Come Alive!