Goodbye to Sandra Dee

The first time I watched Grease I fell in love with it. I don’t know what it was particularly that did it for me but I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. I downloaded the entire soundtrack and played it over and over again.

Maybe it was the whole Bad boy with a good heart falling for a good girl dynamic that I found attractive. Either way, I loved it.

There’s one particular scene that I always loved watching. I’m sure you know it if you have seen the movie before. It’s during the annual fair towards the end when school has officially ended. Danny just won some track thing and his boys are giving him a hard time about it.

This is when Sandy introduces her new look.

Everyone is taken back by the transformation. She’s confident, she’s bold, she looks good and knows it. Needless to say, Danny is very pleasantly surprised.

I’ve heard people say the movie portrayed a bad message because Sandy changed for Danny but that’s not how I see it. For one thing, they both changed for each other.The way I see it, Sandy played it safe. She was a good girl which is fine all on its own but she was scared and unsure of herself.¬† I definitely¬†identified with her. When I saw the confidence that came out of her transformation, I wanted the same thing. She was not happy with her situation so she changed her approach and went after what she wanted.

About two and a half years ago, I left for Toronto to go to school. Living on my own was the best thing I ever did for myself. I didn’t have the option to be comfortable anymore. I had to go out and live. Granted I made some bad choices and got myself in some hot water but I regret nothing because I learned from each mistake.

Coming back home has shown me just how much I have changed. I was so so so unsure of myself and everything I did. Never wanting to stand out, I never did more than I had to. I never wanted to be in any kind of position where I would be uncomfortable. I honestly don’t know how I lived like that for so long.

I made the decision a while ago to push myself, to go for it, to take advantage of opportunities, to not let fear rule my decisions. I have too much in me for me to stay hidden. God paid too high a price for me to live a monotonous life. A mistake will only remain a mistake if you don’t learn from it.

I’d much rather try and fail at something than ever regret not taking the opportunity. I never want to wonder “what if’

Now I’m not saying be reckless and do dumb things.

Every decision we make has it’s consequences so be wise, make good decisions, but go out and LIVE. Start that business, take a chance on that relationship or end it, change that major, do that thing.

What’s that Thing you want to do, but you keep putting off?

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