Nevertheless, the rapturous beauty associated with the finale of the Les Misérables musical encourages me to take the initiative, and to willingly change my life for the better own my own. For example, the lyrics, “Somewhere beyond the barricade / Is there a world you long to see?” (The Complete Libretto), relates to my personal desire to do what I want to do with my life in spite of the discouraging comments that people have given me in the past. The characters in the musical did their best to revolutionize France because of social oppression. I personally felt downtrodden in the past, but my attempts at doing my best to enjoy life has made me the happier person that I am today. I understand that I have limitations, but I am still able to live in a way that works for me. Additionally, I sometimes do take minor risks in order to explore what the world has to offer. I obviously do not do dangerous stunts, like swimming with sharks, but sometimes I do take small risks, such as tasting foreign food that I never had before. The small risks that I try to take regularly allow me to engage myself with what the world has to offer. In fact, performing a cyclical routine can actually be very bland, but trying something new each day helps me enjoy the life that I have. Doing those actions also help develop my personality because fixating on one or two topics might make me appear shallow. Instead, exploring new possibilities allows me to broaden my horizons so that I know that I had actually lived rather than wallow in self-pity.
When I was a teenager, I did not enjoy interests that were similar to my peers. I enjoyed classic films while some of my classmates would have preferred more current forms of entertainment. I developed an interest in musical theater because I felt as if singing could alleviate stress as well as allow people to express themselves more fully. I was also very daring when I was younger when I chose to sing and dance during class presentations while other students would have been more monotone. Musicals have given me great joy because they teach me to be bold. They also inspire me to follow my heart because I would listen to soundtracks that include songs about being oneself, such as the song "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. In the end, musicals help me cope with daily stress because I would cheer for characters who would occasionally sing about despair, but achieve a sort of resolution by the end of a musical production. I am sure that I will find a solution as well even though challenges might hinder my chances for success.