Jan 17 2018

The Greatest Showman #ThisIsMe Guest Post by J. R. Vincente

Today’s guest post is from fellow indie author and A to Z Challenge participant, J. R. Vincente.



I have seen the movie The Greatest Showman in theaters three times. Three times. That’s a lot, especially for me. I couldn’t even tell you the number of times I have listened to the soundtrack. Every time it gets quiet for more than 30 seconds, I find myself turning on the soundtrack. I know that I will be in the store purchasing the DVD/Blu Ray the day it is released. I have not been that obsessed with a movie… ever.

Before you think that this is just a random movie review, it’s not. Yes, I loved the movie. Yes, I think you should go out and see it. Yes, I think you should buy the soundtrack. But that’s not at all what this is about.

This is about a message. A message of love and acceptance that I think needs to be heard. Here is my favorite quote from the movie:

“You are putting folks of all kinds on stage with you — all colors, shapes, sizes — presenting them as equals. Another critic might have called it a celebration of humanity.”

This quote resonates with me in a way that very little ever has. I have never quite felt like I belonged to any one particular group. Going back to elementary school, I had friends, but I wasn’t in one of those stereotypical groups. Right into adulthood, I just never felt quite like I belonged.

But I feel like I finally found my place in my local writing group. It’s a place where I really, truly belong. A place where my quirks are celebrated. A place where my weight doesn’t matter. A place where I can be my polyamorous, kinky self.

This simple fact is what drew me to writing in the first place. I can be me, completely and wholly. I can express myself in fantasy in any way I want. I choose to self-publish so that I can write whatever I want, whenever I want.

I urge you as readers and writers to support each other. Look past our differences, whether it’s color, shape, or size, and show your support for your fellow bloggers/writers, because of our differences, not in spite of them. So I encourage you to go out and read a new blog, learn something new, experience something different, and above all, be open and accepting of one another.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for popping by my blog – happy new year to you too! 🙂 I’ve been out of action for most of last year (back injury), but now that I’m almost fully healed I can get back to blogging, and writing, and doing all sorts of fun things again! 🙂

    Your post is such a great, positive message – we all do need to support each other more, and definitely try new experiences! I moved to a new state just over a year ago and you realise pretty quickly that unless you go out and seek friends and experiences, you’ll be living a very quiet home-sheltered life. I’m going to be putting myself out of my comfort zone even more this year – I already went to my first “gentle yoga” class, to help my back and to try something new. 🙂 Your writing group sounds great, I’ll have to see if there’s one near me too.
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  2. One of the best things I ever started to do was blog, because it gave me access to my kinds of people, people I wouldn’t ever have met if not for the internet. My life would have been emptier for it, because there aren’t all that many writers in my vicinity.
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