So, this song has been running through my head this morning…along with a few thoughts I would like to share.
I feel like our family has moved often recently. Having said that, moving has its pros and cons, as before this recent trend of moving in my life I had been in the same setting for a number of years. I enjoyed the comforts of long-time friendships and the familiarity of the setting. The place felt like home. I felt like I had a long-term identity among those who loved me (or didn’t like me, or felt indifferent about me, etc.).
Well, upon one of these recent moves, I was feeling a loss of that identity…and with all the feelings that accompany that loss, I wasn’t myself. I found someone in this new area with whom I felt I could identify…and this person became somewhat of a template for building my new identity.
Only it wasn’t my identity at all.
In a flash of inspiration, one of my sisters one day on the telephone boldly declared to me: “You don’t need to be [insert name here]. That place already has a [insert name again]. You need to be YOU.”
Her words were cause for evaluation and thankfully revolution to find myself once more. And, guess what? I’ve found I am happier being me. Go figure. 🙂
So, jam to a little Selena Gomez while you think about who you are and that no one can dictate who you are or how you feel but YOU. In the immortal words of the German band Snap, “[You’ve] got the power!”