It’s always comforting and reassuring to hear of a real Cinderella story whether it happens to us or to somebody else. The dreams that seem to belong in a Disney animated movie are the most inspirational stories that feed a world mostly deprived of good news. Such is the case of Susan Boyle, the unemployed Scottish woman thrown into stardom after her appearance as a contestant in Britain’s Got Talent. Susan became a sensation selling millions of copies of her first album.
In the last ten days, Ted Williams, a homeless man with a “God given gift of a golden voice” has inundated the news. Homeless and begging for money on Monday, clean clothes, hair cut, fed, and sleeping in a hotel room, and job offers to boot on Wednesday.
It is fascinating as Oprah Winfrey said to know that it can happen to anybody. Something big, enormous, marvelous, can happen to anyone, even a homeless. It shows hope never dies, and should never die.
Fairy tales, however, are not flawless in real life. It is impossible to expect someone to modify their behavior, learn manners, polish their speech and become a superstar in a few days. That happened in Pretty Woman, the prostitute who learned to dress, talk and behave to escort a millionaire in social functions in the course of one week.
It does not happen in real life.
But our expectations demand that and more from our made up heroes.
Life is not a fairy tale.
A “grip on reality” is important to realize that change takes time. That wonderful things do happen, but they don’t come easy. The stories of Susan Boyle, Ted Williams and many others are inspirational, they give hope. They are miracles, but miracles should be welcome, not expected.