Monday, 18 November 2013

You gotta be. . .

One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite British female singers, Des'ree, has got to be "You Gotta Be."  When it was first released I used it to get through my final year of high school.  It is a catchy pop tune, that affirms the listener about how much power or control they can have in their life, every day life, if they can learn to trust themselves by being versatile in different situations, to learn to be the best of how they "gotta be" in order to rise above any adversity that may come their way.

Being an ambassador for the various contexts that you live in, work in, play in and slide between, means that you embody what the song suggests about the different ways of being for an individual.  Des'ree used this song as a way to get over heartbreak in a relationship and quickly learned that to be resilient and heal the hurt, you need to get back on that horse so to speak and live to ride another day.

4. Commitment to Excellence (e.g. Seeks self-improvement).
Pasifika students are continually motivated by their parents and communities to improve themselves in whatever context they are in.  Talents are products of the gifts being realised, so Pasifika students when raised in a nurturing environment are able to seek opportunities for excellence and pursue excellence for family pride and also for personal achievement. (Faaea-Semeatu, 2011).

For me, the bridge of the song has the most poignant lyrics for me "time asks no questions, it goes on without you. leaving you behind if you can't stand the pace".  This cultural identifier for giftedness highlights that motivation is a key factor in improving yourself.

The song has enjoyed success with its many releases over the years, reaching the top 10 in the U.S.A., used for TV advertisements and network news broadcasts.  It even reached number 1 in Spain.  The opening lines of the song certainly ring true for me and how I think about what impact I can make in the world today that has implications for our collective futures.

"Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try to keep your head up to the sky".