Listening to Bruno Mars on Saturday evening on his Moonshine Jungle Tour at The Sydney Entertainment Centre was incredible. He is so talented but also his message clearly resonated with the audience, we all sang along best we could!
Listen here to the official version
I’ve butchered Bruno’s lyrics below but wanted to capture his message succinctly; if perfect is what we are searching for, why can’t we see, we are amazing just the way we are………
When I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so
Sad to think that she don’t see what I see
But every time she asks me, “Do I look okay?”
When I see your face (face, face…)
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile (smile, smile…)
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are).
I’d never ask you to change
If perfect’s what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same
So don’t even bother asking if you look okay
You know I’ll say,
you’re amazing (amazing)
just the way you are…..
I love this sentiment. I watched the crowd sway to the rhythm and the vibe in the theatre was electric as everyone joined in the uplifting chorus “you’re amazing (amazing)
just the way you are…..”
I read of a social experiment that consolidates the “be who you are” mantra.
In an attempt to achieve aesthetic ‘perfection’, four ordinary women (AKA non models) participated in a professional photo shoot. Their images, as is the norm for any professional set of photos, were then edited by a photoshop expert. The goal? To make these real women look like models. But what they found was that once they’d received the undivided attention of makeup artists, hair stylists, cameras and photoshoppers — there wasn’t much left of them.
As I surveyed the audience at Bruno’s concert, the differences displayed by each person- sitting, standing, dancing and singing, it is so obvious that individualism is celebrated. Brunettes, blonds, red heads and bald were all there, tall, short, slim and not so slim, wheelchair user, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, young and old. What is ‘perfect’?
The sooner we appreciate ourselves as individuals with characteristics and charms all our own the better as we can spend less time seeking an untruth which we perceive to be perfection. What a waste of time running after this empty goal, think what could be achieved if we focused on the positive traits and skills that we actually possess, the strengths that are within us all.
We were sat in the wheelchair accessible section of the auditorium and our two rows were as eclectic, varied, exuberant and beautiful as anywhere in the stadium. My point, challenging as it may seem to some, is that everyone is perfect – just the way they are.
Sing it Bruno xxx