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“I'm Elodie and to speak in front of you I had to tear down a wall: speaking in public was always difficult for me. But every time I have managed to tear down a wall, good things have happened in my life”.
Thus begins the monologue of the singer who bewitched the Ariston last night, a touching speech because it is realistic and shareable. We have not witnessed the by now obviousness of the usual motivational speeches full of easy advice such as "believe in yourself" or "do not be afraid" but to the sincerity of who says "I was afraid, I'm still afraid, often I don't think I'm worthy and yet that's okay, because I'm here and I'm trying to tear down my walls”.
Believing in yourself is important of course, but often self-criticism, insecurity and fear are even more powerful engines to achieve goals and improve yourself.
I remember that in middle school a teacher of mine often said: “ I find incredible how those who study have so much anxiety in facing tests, constantly questioning their abilities or their knowledge and those who know they are not prepared, live peacefully facing the tests with more courage”.
It was not always like that of course, but I found that such a speech was applicable to everyday life. "The problem with humanity is that the stupid are full of certainties, while the intelligent are full of doubts” said Bertrand Arthur William Russell.
It may seem trivial but it was an enlightening speech for me, I have often given myself an hard time over the course of my life for being emotional, "Why can't be like them and care a little bit less?" until I realized that my anxiety, my self-irony and my often excessive self-criticism were actually my strengths.
I also discovered as I grew up that in excessive bravado, in brazen courage and in ostentatious security, there are often many even more insecurities. We are all insecure, at different levels, in different contexts, that we decide to show more or not at all and it is human and wonderfully essential.
Elodie tells of her life as a girl raised in Rome in a suburban context, a reality she defined as honest but cruel, lived by many authentic but also very angry people, not only for the obvious material deprivations but for the more abstract ones, such as the strength to pretend and dream.
She did not feel able to achieve her musical dream, she decided to surrender already at the age of twenty, until she had a lucky meeting with the jazz pianist Mauro Tre who, with great gratitude, invited next to her on the stage of Sanremo .
With her words, Elodie breaks another cliché that says "you must always believe in yourself", alluding to the fact that no one else can believe in you.
The singer, on the other hand, expresses her gratitude to the musician who gave her a chance where not even her would have given it to herself.
Paradoxically, if there is a lot of strength in the trust of others, the most powerful prejudice does not come from outside but is what we feel for ourselves.
It is right to know your limits, as it is normal to have anxieties, fears and insecurities, but it is essential to learn to channel them, transforming them into something unique.
"What life and music have taught me is that you don't always have to feel up to the situation, the important thing is to do, have the courage to do things and then adjust in the race" ... "Probably I'm not at the height of this stage, of the orchestra and of all this attention, but being up to it is not my problem, it is a point of view, not a problem ”.
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