As I was driving home from work today a song came on the radio and the words of the song really resonated with me. I know sometimes you can hear a song and it the words can mean a lot but I hadn’t heard this song for so long that I just thought the words were very meaningful.
The song was Des’ree You Gotta Be, CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
The lyrics start off like this;
“Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry“
I thought this first paragraph was just so motivational. The sentence “challenge what the future holds” could not be more true. We all can sometimes get caught up in the “what if” or saying “I will never do that” or having the attitude of “that will never happen me” but whatever the future holds for all of us we need to grab it and run with it. We only get one life and most of us don’t know what is in store tomorrow so we need to challenge it. Take risks and follow your heart. I believe that what is for you will not pass you and every step you take is meant to happen for you good or bad.
The next few sentences “Try and keep your head up to the sky” and “Don’t be ashamed to cry” are exactly what this blog is about. Even though life can be pretty hard & s**t at times hold your head up high and take everything in your stride. We all get days we would like to hide under the duvet and not speak to anyone. Have a cry I know we all need one once in awhile. If you have to watch a soppy film or rant to a friend do that and get it out of you. Everyone cries and everyone needs someone to talk to at one stage or another in their lives.
The next part is;
“You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day”
This part got me thinking of the stereotypes out there today. It’s all about “being an independent woman/man”, “standing up for yourself”, “be tough” , “give them a piece of your mind” “stay cool” or maybe it’s “stay together” for example for people unhappy in marriages “think about the kids”. But sometimes we just don’t know how to be strong. We don’t know how to be hard & tough. Sometimes we just breakdown for no reason at all just because we feel like a big bag of crap. Sometimes we just need to cuddle up to a friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/ partner etc and just need the comfort of them and don’t need them to say anything. And that is perfectly fine. Everyone in the world goes through the same emotions but we do all deal with them differently. There is so much pressure out there for people these days and I just want people to know they are not alone and everyone is the same.
Just be you is my advice. Don’t try to be who you think people want you to be. Find who you are, what you love to do, what you love to wear, what you love to eat and do all of that! Just be you & you will be amazing at it.
It is ok to not feel ok. Just talk to someone, do some exercise, eat your favourite meal, have the piece of chocolate, have a take away. Life is to short to concentrate on the boring ol bad things. Think of #theUPSIDE instead.
I just thought I would share this little train of thought I had today and I would love to hear your comments on this and if you have any song that the words just mean so much to you. Good or bad I would love to hear them.
#theUPSIDE is life, so live it 🙂