Sara Beth Bareilles was born December 7, 1979. Sara is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and producer.
There are certain songs in life that stand out and that become anthems. Sara’s “Brave” was written for a friend of hers that was struggling to coming out as homosexual. There are many ways that one can be brave in life, homosexuality has been something that for many years was hidden and stigmatized. Times have changed some but there are still some people who hold onto the old thoughts regarding homosexuality. This is also true for racism, sexism and other things as well. As long as there are several people that patronize or belittle one for being honest about who they are there will be someone that hides their true self. After being molested by girls when I was 11 the story got twisted from people associated with them to state I was gay. I’m not homosexual and it had nothing to do with being gay and everything to do with violence.
I can relate to what Sara went through with bullies and being fat shamed because I went through it in sixth grade with the twisted truth of my molestation. Yes I ended up changing schools in 6th grade because it was affecting my grades and my life. Instead of fighting I decided to escape and when the truth of what happened finally came out when I was in high school after the girls and their friends coming after me numerous times in middle school there was still some backlash. However it became split because I was finally brave enough to tell my story and stand up against the violence. I’m not saying that it was a bad thing that I changed schools in 6th grade, I believe that was an intelligent decision on my part because I was thinking of how it was affecting my education. I guess you could say that I learned many lessons from that trauma and even more as I’ve worked through being a survivor.
This is often why I am the way I am is because I want people to see me for who I am not who I think they want me to be. I think too often people portray who they think others want to see or work wants, relatives want, spouses want and it honestly works out much better if you are true to yourself. I am forthcoming in encouraging others to be their true selves.