Trophies

I’ve mentioned before that I watch “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD) every week. Honestly, I usually fast forward through most of the commentary, but a little while back Lady Gaga was on as a guest judge and I just had to hear what she had to say. She has such an interesting story, and she always appears in character and that just absolutely fascinates me. I was curious whether or not her comments would reinforce the Gaga mystique or show the real Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta underneath the wig and makeup and shoes:

My absolute favorite quote from her from that whole evening was when she was providing feedback after Caitlynn and Tadd did their foxtrot. Gaga’s commentary was at once insanely strange and yet, strangely insightful. As soon as she finished speaking, I turned to my boyfriend (who loyally watches SYTYCD with me) and said: “that woman is a genius.” So without further ado, the wisdom of Gaga (which you can also watch for yourself at the end of this video):

Every once and a while, with your hands, I get a little bit of, ‘I’ve won a lot of trophies! [Gaga makes a jazzy hand gesture]‘ Right? And that’s good that you’ve won a lot of trophies. That’s nice. But you know what? After I sell a bunch of records, I take all the platinum ones off the walls, and I pretend like I haven’t sold a damn one and I’ve got to go do it all again. So I think you should just go relax those hands a bit and just remind yourself that maybe the trophies are in the closet and just work that flower [pinned in her hair], honey!

If that didn’t make immediate sense to you, I don’t blame you. I think what she’s saying there is that sometimes we get caught up in identifying who we are by what we have done and what we are capable of, instead of constantly forcing ourselves to re-evaluate and be honest with ourselves. Sure, if you’re a dancer, and you’ve entered a bunch of competitions and won them, you might start to feel a certain way about yourself. And that’s okay: having confidence is okay! But then sometimes, everything in a person’s demeanor tells you how proud of themselves that they are, and they stop being so modest. And maybe they rest on their own laurels a little bit.

Imagine that every trick you have achieved was a platinum record that you had to take off the wall, and you had to really re-evaluate yourself fresh. How would that change you?

Sometimes people think that being able to do a certain trick makes them better than others, or gives them more confidence. But what if you humbled yourself and made yourself forget all that? Would that change the way that you treat others? Would that change the way that you see yourself?


Tomorrow’s post: Tuesday Tips- Twisted Ballerina…