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When tigers come at night and tear your hope apart, dream the dream you dreamed anyway

The daughter of a miner and a typist, Susan Boyle developed a learning disability as a result of being briefly deprived of oxygen during her birth.  Local children bullied her and called her “Simple Susan”.  Knowing of her daughter’s love of singing, Susan’s mother urged her to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.  Susan did and made the cut for the first round.  Her mother died before the show began so Susan, who didn’t answer the door or phone for days after her mother died, decided to sing for her mother and dedicate the performance to her.

When she walked out on stage, Susan’s frumpy appearance elicited snickers from the audience, but when she opened her mouth and her heart to sing about how

there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed

Susan’s rich voice filled the auditorium with the heartache of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables. Those who had begun with snickers soon began to wipe away tears.  Concert invitations began pouring in and Susan, who had always been shy and struggled with her disabilities, found herself so severely stressed that she was briefly admitted to the psychiatric hospital for inpatient care.  

Today, Susan has sung before the Queen and the Pope.  She has sold over 19 million albums and been nominated for two Grammys.  
Her story is here because I had dreams when I was young and unafraid, when hope was high and life worth living.  I dreamed that love would never die.  I had a dream my life would be so different than the hell I was living when I found out my spouse was a sex addict and life killed my dream.  Maybe you did, too.  AND, I found ways to dream new dreams and make them come true.  I want that for you.

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