This week, we finally were able to see “The Greatest Showman”. It was, in a word, fantastic. One of the things my mother told me as she reminded me that I needed to see it was the number of lessons that could be gleaned from the story. As I watched, I looked for those lessons, especially in the songs that were sung throughout. I thought I’d grab a few of them to share with you.
“A Million Dreams” – “They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy/They can say, they can say I’ve lost my mind/I don’t care, I don’t care, so call me crazy/We can live in a world that we design”
Oftentimes, we’re told our dreams are too far-fetched. That life is too hard or life isn’t fair and that we might as well give up and lead a regular life. But what’s so fun about regular? In the song, a young P.T Barnum sings, loud and proud, “we can live in a world that we design.” We choose how our world will turn out. P.T Barnum was a man of dreams. And that’s why, in the end, he was successful. He followed his dreams. By the time the movie comes to a close, Barnum built that world he wanted. And we can do the same.
“This is Me” – “Look out ’cause here I come/And I’m marching on to the beat I drum/I’m not scared to be seen/I make no apologies, this is me”
This entire song is phenomenal. We all know the lesson of being who we are. But, I especially love how they sing of not being afraid of being seen. How often do we hide, literally or figuratively, because we’re afraid of what other people will think. We hide our imperfections, as if no one else has problems. We see only the perfection in others, and the imperfection in ourselves. When, in reality, not a single person is perfect. We shouldn’t apologize for who we are. Our Heavenly Father created each of us, and He will never apologize for making us into the people we are. So why should we apologize for being perfect creations, albeit imperfect people. That’s what this life is all about. To live up to our potential. We have to be ourselves.
“From Now On” – “A man learns who is there for him/When the glitter fades and the walls won’t hold/’Cause from then, rubble/What remains/Can only be what’s true/If all was lost/There’s more I gained/Cause it led me back/To you”
As Barnum’s fantasy burns to the ground, Barnum realizes that he was chasing the wrong things. Just like my favorite lyrics from the song says, when all the glitter and fancy things fade away, who’s there to pick him up is not always who was there to watch it fall. We often place all our eggs in one basket, and when that basket disappears, we’re left with nothing. Thank goodness for the good people in our lives. Thank goodness for people in general. When Barnum finally realized the worth of the people was greater than the worth of a dollar, he knew what was truly worthy of his time. He continues singing, “And we will come back home, home again.” One day we’ll get to go back home. Back to our Heavenly Home. What a grand blessing. But, while we’re here, we must remember what this is all about. We must do the things that will allow us to go back home. If all else is lost, at least this life can lead us back to Him.
This film truly was magical. It was not what I expected, it was more. I am grateful for the chance, not only to learn a few things, but to share a few lessons. Now I’m off to listen to the soundtrack for the 4th time today, and try to convince my husband to see it again.