It’s Okay, It’s a Wonderful World

I came across a video of a contestant on America’s Got Talent, Jane from Ohio, who calls herself Nightbirde when she performs.

She told the judges that she was battling cancer and that it had spread to her lungs and liver. When told that then she’s not okay, she said “not in every way” but “it’s important that everyone knows I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me.”

She gave a touching and authentic performance of a song she wrote herself – “It’s Okay.”

It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay
If you're lost, we're all a little lost and it's alright

She got a standing ovation.

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy,” she said.

“I have a 2% chance of survival, but 2% is not zero percent. Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.”

The video has gotten 25 million views on YouTube in less than a month, maybe it’s the kind of message people want to hear in these times.

It reminds me of another singer, Eva Cassidy. Her heartfelt rendition of the song “What a Wonderful World” six weeks before she passed away from cancer has become an enduring part of her legacy.

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying
"I love you"

It is a wonderful world, indeed. And it is made more wonderful by people who inspire us.

This post is an entry to this week’s Lens-artists photo challenge “one photo two ways,” though perhaps more suited to  last week’s “what a wonderful world” theme.


  1. Hi Nes. I saw Nightbirde on stage when she first made the audition. The first thing I thought was that she looked so delicate and extremely thin. Then her story and sweet voice captured my attention. Impressed by her courage and inspiring words to find happiness at all odds, even in the face of death. Love the last two photos. They seem to represent her fragile beauty.

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