Sara Bareilles is my most favorite artist not only because she can sing so well but also because she writes songs with heartfelt lyrics and melodies. When I first heard that she’s going to release a book about her life and songs, I made sure that I was going to have it as soon as possible. Hurrah! Not only I get to have her book, I also got it signed by Sara herself!
One of the best moments of my life…
I was able to finish her book in just two days even though I was busy because I really loved reading through each page. I am a frustrated singer-songwriter and this book was the kind of inspiration I was looking for. More to that, I’m glad that you can also gain some life lessons from it. Here are the things we can learn from the book.
1. Heartaches help you become a better person.
Whether this heartache started from your childhood or from your first love, it will help you become better and stronger as a person. So, don’t dwell in your heartache. Create a beautiful song out of it.
2. God listens to your prayers.
I think she mentioned three times that she literally prayed when she was feeling so hopeless like the time when she just wanted to write a song for herself and not for anyone else. After praying, she placed her hands on the piano keys and voila, she finished writing Love Song in about thirty minutes.
3. Do not be a people-pleaser.
I understand how sometimes we must consider other people in making decisions but if our own identity or happiness suffers, it’s time to listen to our own voice.
4. Believe that you are beautiful (inside and out!).
Sara had her insecurities, too and I think I will never run out of them. As we grow older, we will meet people who will make us believe we’re ugly or we’re not good enough. Truth be told, the number one person who should find you beautiful is yourself.
5. Do not forget the people who have helped you.
It’s nice to know how Sara mentioned different people who have helped her in small and big ways including a musician she met in Italy where she lived for two years, her bandmates and co-writers and even Taylor Swift! I admire how she expressed her gratitude to these people.
6. Do not limit yourself.
She thought writing for a musical was just a fantasy. She thought she wouldn’t be able to always reach the highest note in Brave. She thought she wouldn’t be able to finish her book. If you surround yourself with people who can help you achieve the “impossible” and also believe in yourself that you can do it , you’ll taste the sweetness of success.
7. Stay humble
“..I was reminded there is always room for more humility. It’s one thing to dream of connecting in a big way; it’s another thing to crave attention.” I can definitely relate with Sara on this one. Sometimes, we expect praises from other people after doing something we’re really proud of. In the end, instead of feeling disappointed, we would feel embarrassed of the thought and realize how we needed to be reminded of humility.
8. Rejection is a sign of something better.
As I’ve mentioned, Sara really wanted to be a part of a musical. To start taking action for this dream, she auditioned for a role in a musical but was turned down for it. After a couple of months, she’s asked to write songs for the stage adaptation of the movie Waitress. Don’t wanna mention more “spoilers” about this one but you’ll find out why being rejected can sometimes lead to good things.
9. Use your talents for good.
Whatever gift you have, use it to inspire others. 🙂
10. Be brave.
Just like the message of her song Brave, the book speaks about courage… Courage to speak up your mind, courage to try new things, courage to trust others and courage in being yourself.
If you’re a fan of Sara’s music, I encourage to read this book. 🙂
What life lesson from this list struck you the most? Share it in the comments?