Today, I’m offering both an encore and an update. This post is one of the most frequently visited posts at Radiant Abilities. No doubt, Lady Gaga grabs a lot of attention, but I hope the message of “Born This Way” resonates with you if you live with a difference in ability.
Me, who knows so little about Hollywood and celebrities, has written not only one, but two posts on Lady Gaga. I can’t even identify one song of hers, but her message of self-acceptance is one I live by. Today, I combine the wisdom of Lady G into one post.
Like many others, I have pretty much judgmentally dismissed Lady Gaga as a “fly by night, flash in the pan” celebrity. That’s harsh, I know, but c’mon, she wore a meat dress to an awards ceremony. Being a vegetarian, I am grateful I never saw the actual dress!
Then Lady Gaga did something that got my attention in a positive way. She launched the Born This Way Foundation. Here is a statement from the website from back in 2012 (note: not readily found on the current site):
The Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.
We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.
Hmmm…sounds like it could apply to embracing disabilities.
The more people embrace and celebrate disabilities, the more the world becomes braver and kinder. There is much truth in a person feeling safe enough to become empowered and then make a difference in the world. In order for that sense of safety to happen, a foundation of acceptance has to occur.
Differences have to be seen as an integral part of who someone is for the world to receive all the lessons they offer. I think Lady Gaga’s foundation may have some great insight to what is the cornerstone of personal empowerment – celebrating what’s different, being confident in that difference, and then showing it to the world.
Yes, I am writing another post on Lady Gaga. I know, I can’t believe it myself! I would not certainly not identify myself as a fan. I’m not sure if I would be able to identify any of her songs on the radio. Let’s also say that she and I definitely have different fashion tastes.
Gaga’s message is ultimately about acceptance of one’s uniqueness and acceptance of others.
Whether you’re gay, overweight, live with a disability, believe you don’t have the “right” looks, use a wheelchair, or have another difference which sets you apart, Gaga is speaking to you.
She’s telling YOU (yes, you!) to embrace yourself, your difference, and live your life!
Everyone matters and we just need to invoke tolerance and kindness – a very fundamental lesson that has so much powerto change lives and the world.