Some of you might have already watched The Greatest Showman, the movie that relates the story of P.T. Barnum. If you haven’t done it yet, we totally recommend it! It was a beautiful movie and our kids loved it. It was actually our 6-year-old girl who shared it with us because they had talked about it in her school.
Well, you know we are passionate about films in this family and especially of those that motivate you to do better. A while ago we wrote about the life lessons we learnt from Alice Through the Looking Glass. This time we want to share with you the life lessons we have learnt from The Greatest Showman, inspired by some of their songs. So if you want to get in tune, I recommend you to play the soundtrack in the background. 😉
1. Impossible comes true ( from the song ‘The Greatest Show’)
Just surrender ’cause you’re calling and you wanna goWhere it’s covered in all the coloured lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, intoxicating you
Oh, this is the greatest show
Have you ever had that feeling that something good it’s going to happen but at the same time it’s scary to take the challenge?
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be
And you know it’s going to be amazing, but it just seems impossible. Well, let me tell you. Impossible comes true only when we work for it. It might be in front of our eyes, but until we really open them we won’t be able to see it. So let’s have the courage to try it!
2. Never be enough
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
When can we really be satisfied? When can we realise that yes, actually we are living a happy life? Sometimes, we get stuck on the feeling of never being enough, never having enough… But if we stop to think about all the journey we have already made, all the goals we have already achieved, all the people that truly love us, it WILL be ENOUGH.
3. This is Me
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
This song resonated quite strongly in my heart. As a mum, as a woman, as a wife, you can be devastated by the words, looks or attitudes of other people. Sometimes it’s your own ones, unintentionally, sometimes is a complete stranger.
Let me tell you this little anecdote that it happened to me the other day: I had a wonderful experience followed by a horrible one. I was going to do some shopping, and because it was Tuesday morning I was in my most comfy clothes and hairstyle. (I don’t go to work on a Tuesday) My trousers had already some stains from the breakfast -unavoidable if you’ve got a very ‘wanna-be-independent 2-year-old boy -. Anyway, as I came out of the car and started walking with little E holding my hand, an old gentleman crossed paths with me, smiled at my little one, and we exchanged some greetings. A lovely moment where two strangers were just happy, saying hello to each other and looking the good in one another. As I continued my journey and went into the clothes shop, the two ladies that worked there suddenly stared at me. I tried smiling at them, while my baby boy was dragging me around the store. Instead of getting a smile back, I was kind of “chased” by one of them, acting all suspiciously and both with a mean expression on their faces.
I can’t read their minds really, so I don’t really know if they were having a bad morning or they were thinking my baby was going to make some trouble, or even that I was going to “steal” something. Whatever it was, they didn’t make me feel welcome at all. I came out from there with a horrible feeling and low self-esteem.
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Luckily for me, I have people around me that see beyond my clothes, beyond my looks and beyond anything outward that won’t tell you who I really am.
So yes, this is me. A tired mum trying to do her best, while sometimes not always “looking her best” but you know what, This is Me, and I for sure, make no apologies.
4. Rewrite the stars
What if we rewrite the stars?
Say you were made to be mine
Nothing could keep us apart
You’d be the one I was meant to find
It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
I loved the whole message of this song. Just like in the movie, it’s the idea of building your own dream. You don’t need to wait for it to happen, you don’t need to wait for ‘luck’ to be on your side, it is really up to us to decide how our life it’s going to be.
No one can say what we get to be
So why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Maybe the world could be ours
After trying all we can, we might be able to say “the world is ours” we will feel we have achieved our truest potential.
5. From now on
From now on
These eyes will not be blinded by the lightsFrom now on
What’s waited till tomorrow starts tonight
And when are you going to do it? Will it be tomorrow? Will you start your diet next Monday? Will you look for that other job next month? When will we change? Well, the message is clear. Tonight. We start today, whatever we want to change it can start today, cause you know what, everything starts with a little thought, it will be followed by an action, which it will then become a habit, and suddenly we will look back and realise what we have achieved.
But above all, never make the mistake to be “blinded by the lights”. Whatever our goal is, I completely agree with what P.T. Barnum learnt at the end of the movie. We can chase all the dreams we want but at the end, for me at least, my family is and always will be the most important thing in the world.
No dream is worth achieving if I won’t have them by my side.
Have you watched it yet? What was your favourite part? Share it with us!