At the last count, over 27 million page views have been recorded on You Tube. They all have seen Susan Boyle sing on UK's Britain's Got Talent. The amateur singer's stunning rendition of a song from the West End Musical, Les Miserables, has captured the hearts of people around the world. She's 47, a spinster and unemployed. Her late mother's last wish was that she wanted Susan to make something out of her life. She may have a beautiful voice but certainly she doesn't have the looks to go with it. She was awkward and even physically challenged, as some would put it.
In school, she was bullied and mocked at because she had learning difficulties, the result of being deprived of oyxgen, at birth. As an adult, she spent her years caring for her mother in their council home. She has never been invited out on a date, never been kissed, and no one has celebrated her birthdays, according to press reports. It's really a sad story.
But she has now caught the attention of the world since April 11 when she appeared on the show. Boyle has since appeared on Larry King's show and has accepted a date by one of the judges of Britain's Got Talent. She has provided hope and inspiration - at a time when many of us are grappling with the effects of the global financial crisis. She has proven that everyone must be given a chance. That one shot in life. Her pick "I Dreamed A Dream" cannot be more appropriate.