“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason,
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them,
And we help them in return.”
~”For Good,” Wicked
You guys … guess how I spent yesterday evening? Seeing the phenomenal touring cast of Wicked. FROM THE FIRST ROW. To say it was a cool experience is pretty much the understatement of the century. I’ve been a fan of the show for years – it’s my very favorite of them all! – and saw it from the mezzanine at the Gershwin, but there is just no way anything can compare to being that close. It’s like the OzDust sprinkles out from the stage and bestows you with its shimmery glitter. Truly, it was mesmerizing. I will never not get chills when watching Defying Gravity and For Good performed live, and I totally don’t even care that today’s editing session was continuously interrupted by random lyrics running through my head. Seriously, it was like: “You don’t spend six years with somebody and simply wipe the slate clean … ONE SHORT DAY IN THE EMERALD CITY” and “Rejection’s sting lingers so long after the dust settles … IS THAT ALL GOOD DEEDS ARE WHEN LOOKED AT WITH AN ICE COLD EYE” and “There are a thousand reasons, but they all seem jumbled in my head, like Juliet’s favorite ball of yarn after she’s rolled it across the floor … TO THOSE WHO’D GROUND ME, TAKE A MESSAGE BACK FROM ME.” Oops?
Anyway, watching the show last night, I was thinking about all the lessons we can take from it. Parts of the story are sad, of course, but others are inspiring. Others hold these tidbits of wisdom:
1. Stick to the courage of your convictions, always. Don’t compromise yourself – or your heart – no matter what anyone says.
2. Appearances can be deceiving and things often aren’t what they seem. Be willing to look at situations through a magnifying glass instead of through rose-colored glasses.
3. Life isn’t black or white. It’s gray (maybe with a splash of emerald thrown in?). There are strands of good and bad, of purity and calculatedness, and sometimes you have to delve deep to figure out someone’s true motivations.
4. People come into our lives for a reason. They change our lives for good, and if we’re lucky, also for the better. Treasure these friendships because they’re sunshine for the soul. Our lives are interconnected like sentences on a page, like the bond between Elphaba and Galinda, and that’s a beautiful thing.
5. Pink goes good with green. ;-)
I’m curious: what’s your favorite Broadway show and why?