“This is my thought for you for tonight. The testament is: dreams do come true. Anything you want is out there for you to just reach out in the stars of Bella Donna and just grab one, because it is all there. […] You must continue to believe that you can have what you want. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you’re not talented enough or smart enough or any of that, because you are. You’re totally beautiful. You’re totally talented. You can do anything you want. Never let anybody get in your way. Tell them to get out of your way. You are on your way to greater things.” — Stevie Nicks, 12.1.16
I believe that every human should spend a few hours at a Stevie Nicks concert at least once in their lives. Yes, she puts on a great show and sounds amazing, but it’s not just that. It’s that spending a few hours in her presence is good for your soul.
I’ve been thinking about this for the past twelve hours or so. Thinking about these words and the significance of hearing them after hearing “Crying in the Night,” and I’m finding it hard to come up with any other person more qualified to deliver such a speech. Forty-three years ago, she was my age, cleaning people’s houses and waiting tables, driving a car without reverse, barely getting by. She didn’t know how she was going to get to where she wanted to be, but she just knew she would get there someday.
Last night, a 68-year-old woman — not Beyoncé or Rihanna or Ariana Grande — sold out Madison Square Garden as a headliner, something none of her female contemporaries have done in recent years, something that makes me so proud of her and women everywhere. She got there, and then some.
Hearing her sing a song from this time in her life, when she was young and struggling and trying to figure everything out, now, to that kind of crowd, hit me on a deeper level than just excitement at hearing a deep cut live for the first time. It made me think about how many times I’ve doubted myself, how many times I’ve felt like I wasn’t enough, how many times I’ve worried that I can’t follow my dreams because someone else is going to get in my way and stop me.
Stevie Nicks has the incredible ability to address 18,000 people and still make it feel so personal, make it feel like she’s speaking straight into your soul, delivering important nuggets of wisdom, advice, and encouragement that you desperately need to hear. Her words are perhaps more essential now, when it feels like the world is upside down and it feels difficult to be an optimist. She believes in you, and she doesn’t even know you. She makes you believe in yourself, forces you to remain adamant that, yes, you are on your way to greater things.
If Stevie Nicks tells you that you can do anything, trust her. She knows.