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  • Writer's pictureDana Starr

Stick A Cork In It

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah makes me think of cheerleaders which makes me think of the popular, skinny, pretty girls in school which makes me think of how I wasn't one of those girls. I'm still not one of those girls. If you think about it, most of us weren't one of those girls. After all, we can't all be jumping up and down with our pom-poms on the sidelines. Some of us have to play the tuba in the band.

I didn't and don't cheer or motivate or inspire. I'm not perky. I'm the opposite of perky. I'm not Sandy; I'm Rizzo. But think about it. Sandy changes by the end of Grease, and basically becomes Rizzo.

Do you ever want to change yourself? I met a woman a week ago who did exactly that. Her name is Cara Brookins. She not only changed herself, she inspired her whole family to change for the better. She was the keynote, motivational speaker at the 2017 West Texas Writers' Academy opening dinner.

Ordinarily, I nap during most motivational speeches. Ordinarily, if I'm told to not fear failure or rejection in order to build a bigger, better life I'm going to roll my eyes so hard it's going to hurt. I don't care if you're Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eckhart Tolle all rolled into one giant, obnoxious cheerleader; you can stick a cork in it. I ain't getting off the couch or out of my PAJAMAS ALL DAY so you can save your breath.

Why did I listen to Cara Brookins? Mainly it was because I hadn't finished my dessert by the time she started talking. I didn't count on a popular, skinny, pretty girl saying anything I needed to hear. I was wrong. I ate and listened and was motivated and inspired by her true story of overcoming domestic abuse to construct (literally) a better life for her family by building her own home WITH HER OWN HANDS. No, I'm not making this up. Click here to read more about her story and to order her memoir entitled Rise.

Fear stopped me from trying out for cheerleader in school, so I was never a cheerleader and God knows I had the pom-poms for it. Fear has stopped me from trying to write my own story. After hearing Cara's story, I'm motivated and inspired to stick a cork in my fear and get to writing. How about you? What would you do if you could lose the fear? What are you waiting for? Let's do this. Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!!!

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