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Are you sharing your gifts with the world?

By Michelle May, M.D.

Elton John 2019I had the incredible opportunity to see Elton John last night on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. This was a bit nostalgic for me because my first concert (without parents) was Elton John in 1975 for $7.50! My ticket price had increased by 4250%, but for a lifelong fan, it was worth every penny.

It was an amazing event, causing me to reflect on how Elton John somehow discovered his gifts, overcame a number of personal challenges, and brought so much joy into the world. He also talked about his 50 years in the business and shared some of his accomplishments beyond his music, like his work for AIDS and his beautiful family.

As I watched this 71 year old perform many of his greatest hits (and in my opinion, some of the best songs ever recorded), I caught myself “noticing” that he had gained weight, moved more carefully, and didn’t perform any of the “gymnastics” I remembered from the my concert 43 years ago. My next thought was, “Duh! We age. Bodies change. This is the human experience.”

I don’t know anything about Elton’s body image, but what I observed was a person who was sharing his gifts fully with the world, not letting fear of judgment in an industry that rewards youth and cultural definitions of beauty get in his way. Granted, he receives a huge financial pay off for still putting himself out there, but my guess is that he doesn’t need more money. He simply seems to love what he does and we loved being part of it.

So that led to another thought… Are you allowing fear of judgment about your age, your size, or anything else stand in your way of discovering and sharing your gifts and living your life fully? Are you postponing something you want to do until you somehow transform into a different person? Could you be depriving the world of your unique beauty, talents, and experiences?

There will only be one Elton John. And there is only one you.



About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.


  1. Dina says:

    Thanks to you, I am doing so much better and am beginning to want to eat healthy things and am rejecting the crazy food I craved. I have not lost any weight that I know of but I am thrilled that I’m having these healthy desires. I am a therapist and want to help others in group counseling find the keys to losing weight.
    I have also always wanted to write a screen play but have never done it before. I think my fears about many things are holding me back.
    Thanks for all of your support!

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