Monday, 15 January 2018

This is me. . .

For we are glorious. . . 

I'm not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
'Cause we don't want your broken parts
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one will love you as you are 

If you have not seen The Greatest Showman yet, please go and see it. If only for this song alone.
What scars do you have that you wear?  Have you been trying to make them fade away?  You might be looking in the mirror often, wishing them away, watching those scars with everyone saying things about you, or imagining that they are.  Why should we believe people when they say we have broken parts?  There is nothing broken that we cannot put together, put back together ourselves.  But we must be prepared to recognise what we see of ourselves in the mirror and make some positive decisions to move forward.  Who will you run to?  Is it true that people won't love you as you are?

But I won't let them break me down to dust
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

There will always be people that will try to break you down to dust.
There will most likely not be any plausible or acceptable explanations for why they will do this, other than the fact that - you exist.  Your very life, your very presence, irks the hell out of them.  You are a reminder that they cannot be who you are.  So they will spend as much as time possible trying to tell you that you are not much to look at, that you will not amount to anything, that you are not worth anybody's time of day.  It is the basis of every fairytale that you can remember from childhood, every children's book that talks about the underdog, the little guy, even the little engine that could.  There is a place for you in this world.  Do you know how glorious you actually are?

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down

I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come 
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

If you can recognise your battle weary skin for what it is - bruised and battered yes, but you must never back down from the challenges that lie ahead.  People will already have written you off and think you will never achieve your goals, dreams and aspirations.  It just depends on how you choose to respond to all of that.  You don't need to believe their negativity.  Can you imagine the looks on their faces when you actually achieve all you have set out to do?  I would rather you focus on the looks on the faces of those people who have supported you since day one.  Those people are the ones you should always keep on the radar.  You must be able to train your ears to keep hearing the drum that you continue to beat on.  There will be times when that drumbeat will seem faint, and that you lack the strength to beat on that drum, but don't you dare put those sticks down.  You have much to march towards.  You must be seen,  you must be heard, you must be the one to show others where to go, you must be the one to lead, even when you do not want to.

Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away 'cause today, I won't let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades 
And reach above the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that's what we'll become 

You should no longer be ashamed for the goals that you want to achieve.
Just because nobody has done what you have done, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't pursue it.
There are enough scared people in the world who will never realise their potential or live their destiny.  You don't need to join them.  Instead, burst through those barricades - if they happen to be people or objects that stand in your way.  If you have to talk to some people and tell them which way is up - then do it.  There is always more above the sun, you just need to be willing to get burned now and again.  You will heal over time, you just need to persist and realise that it doesn't how many bullets hit your skin, it won't be enough to pierce what's within.

Won't let them break down to dust 
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

What place would you like to be in?
Where would you like to go?  Why should you doubt where you belong?
I'm a huge fan of recognising your abilities, capabilities, your inabilities - because when you learn to see what you can't do, you can, with the power of your mind and persistence, convert those inabilities into abilities and capabilities.  You just need to create the capacity to do so.  I would like to think that I have a place where I am surrounded by people who I love, admire and respect that are doing their absolute best in whatever field that they've chosen to excel in - and that we all get together from time to time and learn how to encourage each other and celebrate each other's successes simultaneously #squadgoals.

And I know that I deserve your love
There's nothing I'm not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I'm meant to be, this is me

I hope that wherever you are in your life, that you know that you are important.
It is absolutely critical that you believe in yourself. If you know you lack the self confidence to stay motivated in this space, find people who will be your cheerleaders until you can learn to do this for yourself.  There is such a thing as having healthy confidence in yourself.  You can celebrate your strengths and be positive about what you know you can do well, what you bring to the table has value.  If you are surrounded by people who don't know your true worth - let them know.  The time for being quiet and expecting others to say nice things about you - sometimes you are with people who don't know how to encourage, who don't know how to blow other people's trumpets because they're busy blowing their own.  Send your floods to drown out those people who not only hurt you with their jealousy, but their words about others like you too.  There is nothing stronger than a community that knows how to look out for each other and not hurt others in the process.  This to me is proof of being brave.  I won't apologise for having awesome people in my life, or being awesome for others - for we are glorious. . .