— Sara Bareilles
Welcome back from hiatus. Now that school is out for summer and I am back from my family vacation, expect everyday motivation.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
“Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bowed down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is…”
New track by one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles. This song seemed to go along with our general theme of optimism and perseverance.
Everyone has felt like they were the opposite of brave. Everyone needs a reminder of just how brave they are.
Psst… yeah, you… You are BRAVE. Fight for yourself. You are all you need to be your best.
-Eli Young Band, Even if it Breaks Your Heart
Keep Your Head Up, Andy Grammer
Zac Brown Band, Toes
After final exams, my mind was shot. I had to take a few days off from studying so that I could focus on preparing for preliminaries. Not that I wanted to waste these valuable days, I simply had to. On a Friday afternoon whim, I decided last minute to purchase tickets from Scorebig.com for the Zac Brown Band concert on Saturday night at the amphitheater . I’m not really a big fan (of country in general), but I knew my girlfriend would enjoy the concert, and I love the scorebig system for bidding on tickets. I have to admit, my expectations were low, especially given the dismal weather forecast.
We got rained on; yet the concert was wonderful. I never expected this long lost relative of the Roberston clan to be so uplifting. Not only did I leave the concert humming some of their faux-reggae-parrot-head tunes, but I felt rejuvenated. And so I share this lyric with you, that your spirit might be uplifted by this bearded minstrel.
I was driving to work this morning. It wasn’t particularly a terrific day… hell, it was 6:30.
I was flipping through my iTunes, looking for something to listen to. I just wanted something mellow playing to keep my eyes on the road and keep the stress level down. I pressed shuffle, still holding my phone in my hand, WAITING to press “next” as I knew there would be something like “Feel Good Drag” that set the wrong tone (although when you need it, it gets the adrenaline going.) And then it happened. “A Little Bit Stronger” crept in through my speakers.
It’s the kind of song that you have to be in the right mood for, and for me, it holds some pretty heavy meaning. However, it served as a great reminder. It is a reminder of all that I have overcome. My favorite line from the song? “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.” Even when you are in a million pieces, feeling like you aren’t much of anything, you are a little bit stronger. After a few days like that, you are just plain stronger. Imagine where you will be after a month, a year, a lifetime like that.
You are as strong as you need to be. Each day, you get a little bit stronger.
Love and Light,