For the last 24 hours, I’ve been avoiding this video showing up in my social media feed because I knew what it would do to me. The video features Jodi DiPiazza, the cutest little 11-year-old girl, living with autism who finds her voice behind a piano. She was recently given a chance to sing her favorite song “Firework” with Katy Perry. If you have not seen the video, you should watch. But you have been warned, have some tissues handy or in my case, a small towel. (the video starts with a bit of Jodi’s backstory)
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There is a moment halfway through the first verse where the entire audience screams to cheer her on. As the smile emerged on her face, an ocean of fluids escaped my eyeballs. Through that smile escaped years of pain from how she was seen as different. Sadly, most kids with regular abilities or disabilities don’t have people cheering them on for the greatness that lies within. What I love is that audience was just waiting for her to pause long enough to clap and cheer for her. In reality, the world is waiting to applaud, purchase, or tell everyone they know about things that are remarkable.
We live in a world where average kids go to school and shoot themselves in the head and it does not even make the evening news. That’s not normal. All around us there are those that are ignored, overlooked, and underestimated. God has broken my heart for them. There are students that I have met on the road over the last 20 years, and every day their stories and faces play before me in the cinema of my mind. Most of themjust don’t fit the mold, and someone just needs to tell them that people that change the world don’t fit molds they break them.
All of have our limits, our shortcomings, or even areas we lack ability aka Disability. I love what Albert Einstein said, “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” I love that Jodi did not let what we saw as a disability get in the way of her pursuing her passions. I’m so glad that Katy looked past what some would see.
Maybe you are the one that has been overlooked, ignored, or underestimated. Baby you’re a firework make um go Ooooooo, Ahhhhhhh…