I have seen the movie The Greatest Showman in theaters three times. Three times. That’s a lot, especially for me. I couldn’t even tell you the number of times I have listened to the soundtrack. Every time it gets quiet for more than 30 seconds, I find myself turning on the soundtrack. I know that I will be in the store purchasing the DVD/Blu Ray the day it is released. I have not been that obsessed with a movie… ever.
Before you think that this is just a random movie review, it’s not. Yes, I loved the movie. Yes, I think you should go out and see it. Yes, I think you should buy the soundtrack. But that’s not at all what this is about.
This is about a message. A message of love and acceptance that I think needs to be heard. Here is my favorite quote from the movie:
“You are putting folks of all kinds on stage with you — all colors, shapes, sizes — presenting them as equals. Another critic might have called it a celebration of humanity.”
This quote resonates with me in a way that very little ever has. I have never quite felt like I belonged to any one particular group. Going back to elementary school, I had friends, but I wasn’t in one of those stereotypical groups. Right into adulthood, I just never felt quite like I belonged.
But I feel like I finally found my place in my local writing group. It’s a place where I really, truly belong. A place where my quirks are celebrated. A place where my weight doesn’t matter. A place where I can be my polyamorous, kinky self.
This simple fact is what drew me to writing in the first place. I can be me, completely and wholly. I can express myself in fantasy in any way I want. I choose to self-publish so that I can write whatever I want, whenever I want.
I urge you as readers and writers to support each other. Look past our differences, whether it’s color, shape, or size, and show your support for your fellow bloggers/writers, because of our differences, not in spite of them. So I encourage you to go out, read a new blog, learn something new, experience something different, and above all, be open and accepting of one another.
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