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It Starts Off All Cute And Catchy, But Then This Ingrid Michaelson Song Turns Fearless

Do you ever feel like your fears are holding you back from fully living your life? Better question: Is there really anyone who doesn't feel that way at least once in a while?

It Starts Off All Cute And Catchy, But Then This Ingrid Michaelson Song Turns Fearless

That's the subject of the catchy Ingrid Michaelson music video below: conquering some of your fears.

Now, I know that a few of these scenes seem a little cheesy (and I'll admit that even the fearless bits are still pretty cute). It's definitely not this easy to conquer your fears, especially some of the more serious ones in here. Even so, it's pretty moving to see people doing all these things they're afraid of. It's a great reminder to live in the moment. 'Cause you and me? We got this. (Sorry, had to. You'll get it.)


Not up for watching the video right now? Here's a little teaser, GIF-style:

The video starts out with Ingrid Michaelson fans being asked to write down what they're afraid of.

Some people are afraid of things that we might think are pretty trivial — like birds! Or even just meeting Ingrid. And as people write what they're afraid of, *spoiler alert!* Ingrid helps them face those fears.

Meanwhile, she also serenades the crowd and reminds us all that we're beautiful and we got this. Of course.

But here's the good part. Buried in there amid the silly fears and cute things, there's some super-deep stuff. This kid at 2:27 has a pretty inspiring and very real message.

And are ya ready for my favorite one? This scene starts at 2:41 and makes me want to give everyone in this video a high-five.

Be sure to head on back up there and take a look at the whole video when you get a chance. It's great, and the song is totally stuck in my head right now (and should definitely be stuck in yours).

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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