One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my life is that I can rise above any situation; that I don’t have to let my circumstance rob me of my joyous spirit; that I can take back my power and not let any person or thing ruin my day, or, for that matter, my life.
Looking back, I realize that I learned that lesson at an early age. When I was seven-years-old, my parents took me to see both Broadway musicals, Carousel and Oklahoma. From that day on I wanted to be the person who created “the pretty stage pictures.” I wanted to be a scenic designer.
We arrived late for one of the shows and missed the beginning. So when the show was over, I refused to leave. I thought that, like a movie, I could see the beginning again. That day I was dragged out of the theater kicking and screaming, but my heart never left the theater.
In grade school, I took shoeboxes and made a scene from the book that we were reading in class. Other students wrote book reports; I did dioramas.
In high school, I saw almost every Broadway show, including the opening night of Hello Dolly. In college, I designed many of the school productions and, with the help of one of the professors, got into Yale Drama School….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Allen is an award-winning speaker and best-selling author of 18 books including The Healing Power of Humor and The Art of Living Joyfully.
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