I Can Really Have it ALL

I had the opportunity to see Flashdance the Musical at The Straz Center in Tampa on Tuesday night. We went as a group, and some of us even dressed up in our favorite looks from the 1980's. I am in the back middle. I was picking up my tickets from will-call so this is the only picture with me in it.  It's okay, my look left a lot to be desired.

I do remember seeing Flashdance in the 1980's. I was 12 when it came out, so I'm sure I saw it in the theater with my mom, or perhaps we rented it on Beta Max. Cool But I clearly remember seeing the movie, and the songs of course, are pop icons. I was excited to see this performance. I don't know if it was the journey I've been on recently, (ya know this little thing called a 212lb weight loss and maintenance) but this musical really clicked for me in ways that it didn't when I was a child.

I sat alone during the performance and I think because of that I was able to really get "in to" the story. I watched as the lead Alex (played by Emily Padgett) struggles with her own identity and her desire to see her dreams become a reality. And as I followed along with the story and listened to the music, tapping my feet, singing in my head, I had a surge of power. If Alex (yes, I know she's a fictional character) can have it all, then damn it, I CAN TOO!! And the song What a Feeling took on a new meaning for me. It's now become my new manta and the first verse really hit home with me. My transformation was a slow glowing dream, fear hiding inside, I cried. Then I allowed myself to open up, to feel the rhythm, and I believed. And I was dancing for my life (NOT dancing in the literal sense of the word, but I was MOVING to save my life Tongue Out.) And I can have it all. I can have my life be the way I envision it. Will I have to work for it? YES!!  Good things don't come to people who sit on their ass. They have to DANCE FOR THEM!! And YOU can dance your way to having it all, too.

I loved this performance. It has empowered me. Check it out now at the Straz in Tampa until February 24th.

First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream
That your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind
All alone I have cried silent tears full of pride
In a world made of steel, made of stone

Well I hear the music, close my eyes, feel the rhythm
Wrap around, take a hold of my heart

What a feeling, bein's believin'
I can't have it all, now I'm dancin' for my life
Take your passion, and make it happen
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life

Now I hear the music, close my eyes, I am rhythm
In a flash it takes hold of my heart

What a feeling

What a feeling (I am music now), bein's believin' (I am rhythm now)
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life
What a feeling (I can really have it all)
What a feeling (Pictures come alive when I call)
I can have it all (I can really have it all)
Have it all (Pictures come alive when I call)
(call, call, call, call, what a feeling) I can have it all
(Bein's believin') bein's believin'
(Take your passion, make it happen) make it happen
(What a feeling) what a feeling...

[disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to Flashdance, the Musical. All opinions are my own.]



Comments (5) -

  • You look great - from what I can see of you! LOL! What a fun night out with the gals!
  • fun photo & post - looks like a blast
  • Great post.  I loved Flashdance and ended up wearing out the VHS when I was a kid.  Ok sounds a bit...mmm...bad, but I loved the dancing and Jennifer Beals is from my hometown Chicago.  Anyway, you all look great, I wish I would've been able to make it personally.
  • Every time I go to a performance like a play I love getting into the story and really relating to characters. Its awesome this play and the music in it inspired you. I love leaving things that are motivational and feeling like you can take on the world!
  • What a great post! I love when that happens, when you see something you saw as a child and then you see it again as an adult and truly understand the meaning behind it! You and your journey are an inspiration!Wish I could've gone! Smile
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