In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of American Idol. Yeah, yeah, I know, it has the word Idol in it and it’s all about fame and fortune and such. Blah, blah, blah. To me, it’s like a gigantic talent show of singers and I love me some sangin’. I’m just sayin’. This year the three judges of the show have been joined by a fourth. Kara DioGuardi made her debut this season. The producers of the show did their best to give her resume to the American public in hopes that she’d win their approval. I think she’s a good addition. She isn’t afraid to tell the truth but isn’t hateful in her manner of doing it. She also happens to know her stuff. But in one particular audition, with a gal referred known as “Bikini Girl”, Kara got offended. And because of that offense, she started to sing in front of the contestant and the other judges to prove that the statement made about her was indeed erroneous. And at that moment, it dawned on me. Sometimes I do that. Sometimes I feel like I need to defend myself to others. I’ve let people’s opinions and thoughts about me affect me negatively. What I found so sad about the incident with Ms. DioGuardi is that her resume clearly speaks for itself. She’s written hundreds of songs, won awards and even worked with some of the biggest stars out there. Not to mention, she really can sing! But she defended herself anyway to a girl who couldn’t sing to save her life. I’m learning to be comfortable in my own skin as I age. I’m learning that I have gifts, talents and other things about me that are good that people just might not agree with. Or even like, for that matter. And I just have to learn to live with it.