I just love America’s Got Talent. Tonight’s show ended with an amazing 13 year old kid named Arcadian Broad. He had been bullied by the kids at school. He was never “good enough” to be picked for sports.
Fortunately, he has a supportive mother and sister who taught him “nothing would get in his way.” He realized he had something great inside ~ dance ~ to give out.
So, he turned to dance. Sharon Osborne said he had a “natural God-given gift” and “magnificent talent.” He leveraged that talent to come out on top. He danced to Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” which was featured in The First Wives Club.
The lyrics make a great anthem for anybody who has experienced abuse and lived to tell the tale ~ the words have such power and are ever-so liberating:
You could never know what it’s like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hid behind that mask you use
And did you think this fool could never win
Well look at me, I’m coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I’m still standing you just fade away
Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing. . .
Once I never could hope to win
You starting down the road leaving me again
The threats you made were meant to cut me down
And if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by now
Arcadian’s a true Life Raft. He survived. He thrived with dance, and tonight Arcadian found the joy of victory! Bravo, Arcadian!
If you are experiencing the bitter pain of recent abuse or if you are having a tough day, I hope you’ll click on this link and watch the video of Arcadian’s performance. Watch the audience giving him a standing ovation. See him soar after he learns he’s going to Las Vegas. Imagine yourself in his shoes. Belt out the lyrics of “I’m Still Standing” at the top of your lungs. . .dance with the joy and freedom of Arcadian.
Look like a true survivor and feel like a little kid.