Mobile: Ironwood Road
On self belief
“You don’t *think* you can do it?” asked crow.
“No,” replied fox. “I know I can.”
Thoughts while making
In the early 90s, I was interviewed for a new show on MTV. The role of “blonde-haired, Southern California surfer dude” ultimately went to another guy, and I went on about my life.
The Real World is credited with ushering in the era of reality TV. And while there are redeeming shows in this genre, I’m left wondering how we benefit from watching others fail, connive, get shamed, and endure contrived situations that are anything but “real.”
That said, there are a couple shows I still love, @americanidol and @nbcthevoice. But even here, I’ll usually only watch the early episodes, when the contestants are doing their first auditions.
Why? Because for one fabulous moment we get to see something so powerful: belief. We get to see everyday people just like you and me experiencing all the things – fear, doubt, obstacles – and still going for it because they believe, and they feel compelled to express, to dream, to – literally – sing out loud.
Beautifully, we also get to see others support this expression, this courage—showing their loved ones, “Hey, I’m here for you and I believe in you.”
Yes, it’d be easy to get cynical, to write these shows off as overly produced and scripted. But each and every time, I come away amazed at the human spirit and the power of support.
Growing up on Ironwood Road, I felt the support and belief of my parents. And I still do. They encouraged me, invited me to find my own way. And it’s made all the difference. I’m forever grateful.
Where’s one place you can demonstrably express belief in and support of yourself or another today?