Dolly Parton: A Historical Singer Who is Making the World a Better Place
Music is something that brings all of us together. This is true whether you enjoy playing a certain musical instrument, have a certain singer or band that you absolutely love, or want to become a musician when you grow up. It makes us happy and optimistic. When you are feeling sad, music can make you feel better. And when you are feeling great? Music can make you feel even greater.
There are many talented musicians in the world today. Through their voices and instruments, they create these warm, fuzzy feelings inside of us. While you certainly have a musician or band that speaks to you, I want to take this time to share lessons and stories from one of the most talented musicians out there today. Her name is Dolly Parton and she is an iconic singer in the world of country music.
Dolly has been performing for over 50 years. Throughout that time, she has achieved countless numbers of awards and praise for her talent. But Dolly isn’t just a gifted musician. She has given lots of her time and energy to improving the world around her. She even has her own theme park in Tennessee. How cool is that?!
Even if we aren’t a fan of Dolly or country music in general, there are plenty of lessons that we can take from Dolly’s life and apply to our own. She is a great role model and is someone that we should closely follow.
Lessons from the Life of Dolly Parton
One of the most important lessons from Dolly Parton’s life is the fact that she is constantly looking to try new things. Dolly wasn’t always a world-famous country music star. In fact, she wasn’t a singer in the first place. She was originally a songwriter. Basically, she wrote songs that other musicians would perform. That said, she knew she wanted more. Dolly eventually took a chance and performed on a well-known television show in the 1960s.
Even as she became known as an excellent country music singer, Dolly kept challenging herself. Several years later, she experimented with pop music. This was pretty uncommon. Often, musical artists stay in a particular style of music. Country singers remain country singers and pop singers create pop music. Dolly, however, decided to take a chance—even if her fans didn’t necessarily want her to do so. In the end, it worked out for Dolly, as many of her pop songs were applauded by fans and experts.
Like Dolly, we shouldn’t hesitate to try new things. While we may not be pop stars, we can experiment in our own lives. You can try a new sport or befriend another person in your class. You can even try picking up an unfamiliar and challenging book. By trying different things, you will be building up your courage muscles. And who knows? You may find something or someone new that you really like.
Beyond her willingness to try different things, Dolly is a great role model because she makes the world a better place. Dolly takes the time to support a long list of causes around the world. For example, as part of her Dollywood Foundation, Dolly helps promote literacy on our planet. If you don’t yet know, literacy means the ability to read and write. Dolly and her team mail one book per month to certain children from the time they are born to the time they enter kindergarten. This program has gotten so big that Dolly and her team recently sent out their 100 millionth book. Along with her literacy work, Dolly gives her time and money to causes like the American Red Cross. She even spent time trying to preserve the American bald eagle, which has been endangered.
Dolly has done so much work to improve the world around her. And just as a reminder, this isn’t her full-time job. Still, she finds the time to give back. We can do the same in our own lives. Better yet, we don’t need to send out 100 million books to make a difference. Instead, we can do it on a small level. For example, at school, see if you can work with some of your classmates to support a cause that means a lot to you. You can even do this with your family members. Think about how you want to improve the world and create an idea of how to do it. By following this pattern, you can be like Dolly and make a real difference for our planet.
Finally, Dolly is extremely special because of her attitude. Being a famous musician can be difficult. There are always people watching you and your fans can complain about your work. It can be difficult for lots of celebrities, which makes them feel angry. They can take this anger out on their fans or even their family members.
This isn’t true with Dolly. If you ever watch an interview of Dolly (or even hear her speak), you will notice that she is extremely positive. She takes a happy view of life and wants to brighten up the days of people around here. Happiness is her goal, whether it is through making a new song or entertaining guests at the Dollywood amusement park.
Dolly’s happiness and positive attitude toward life is something that we can copy. There are so many great things about life, whether that is a best friend, a great grade, or a loving family member. Yet it can be easy to focus on some of the negative things that are happening. I recommend that you act like Dolly and focus on being the most positive person that you can be. It will pay off in the long run.
Be Like Dolly
Dolly is a special person. She has made a huge difference in our world—both in her music and her volunteer work. Even if we don’t like her music or country music in general, there is a lot that we can learn from Dolly. So remember the lessons above and try to use them in your own lives. You won’t regret it!