I love High School Musical.
I’m not ashamed and don’t try to hide it. I know the lyrics to songs like 'Work it Out' and 'All in this Together' better than I know my own lyrics and when I was 14 I made a dance routine to 'Bet on It' with one of my best friends. I’m not even embarrassed to say that we still know most of the moves and throwback to it frequently. Even last Friday, I was out with my friends and they played ‘All in this Together’ in the club. Oh yes. Me plus alcohol plus knowing the dance moves to the finale of the first film - come get it boys!!!
When I was younger and East High became the school that I would beg my parents to let me attend (yes I know, I know, it's not real. Cry me a fucking river), all I wanted in the world was to be Gabriella. She was perfect. She was beautiful. She was academic. She was sweet. She had the boy that I had a serious crush on in the palm of her hand and they were perfect together. I mean, he bought her a necklace with the letter ’T’ on it and you don’t get much more ‘goals’ than that. When the obsession begun, I would always try singing Gabriella’s song ‘When there was me and you’ from the first film and it well and truly crushed me that I couldn’t hit the notes the same way she did.
Now being a good few years older and - hang on to your hats, take deep breaths and maybe sit down as this may be distressing for some - Sharpay has become the ultimate focus of my envy instead. Woah.
One of my main goals of generally being a human is doing what I love and what makes me happy. This is why I put everything I have into my music career. Writing songs and creating music is an indulgence and a pure pursuit of happiness for me. I know what I want and I will do everything I can to get there. Sharpay is, minus the arrogance and bravado, the same and this is why I wish I had chosen her as a role model rather than Gabriella. I may have realised that it is okay to be confident and go for what you want a lot earlier. Sharpay is completely and totally herself without caring what anyone else thinks, I wish I was more Sharpay when I was younger as I desperately wanted other peoples’ approval, their opinion was everything. Now, albeit not entirely to Sharpay's credit, I just don’t give a shit.
Don’t get me wrong, I used to despise Sharpay. I mean, it did not sit well with my 9 year old self that she was constantly trying to prevent my boy Troy from being happy with his dream girl. How dare she? Fucking outrageous. It used to genuinely cause me discomfort when she would interfere with his relationship and prevent G + T from being happy. But now I can only admire her for her determination and persistence. She knew what she wanted, she was confident and worked her hardest.
While High School Musical may seem trivial, I guess the message from this post is clear. Be Sharpay.