Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Life is hard.
There's no use denying that.
We are human. We make mistakes. We struggle. But most importantly, we dream.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what I was going to write about for this month's blog post. So much has happened in the past few months, few weeks, that I felt like an open container. A container where someone places pressure on the object inside only to fit something else in. Nearly suffocating you...
Ever feel that way?
I guess, however, throughout all this mess I've learned one thing: be BRAVE.
When I was a young girl and singer, I grew up in a small town located just 20 minutes from the big city. My brothers and I lived in a home where domestic violence was common but neighborhood violence was even more cruel.
I grew up in a neighborhood where no matter what the color of your skin was; if you were going to get stabbed or raped...you were going to get stabbed or raped.
It wasn't easy. It was fun. Most certainly, it wasn't fair. But being that young you learn that the innocence you carry with you is the only thing that keeps you from falling by the wayside. The only thing that sees you through.
In my new song "Brave" I talk about one person's struggle with life and overcoming the past in order to move on. The words; "...this time will be different, leaving your childhood behind. But the memories in your bag; will be your driving force, to turn this mess into a masterpiece." They take on the meaning that though you past is a part of you; it doesn't have to be your future.
Modestly, I think these words have meaning in a society where people are taking sides, fighting, and repeating mistakes that history has already recorded. I see a bleakness I haven't seen since I was a child. The only difference being this bleak and lonely feeling is on the outside of me and not on the inside.
I don't know what the future holds for this world. I do know that if we choose, each of us as an individual, to stand up and be brave then we can change this world for the better.
My journey through life hasn't been easy. Growing up in a world of uncertainty and fallen dreams, I'll admit has prepared me well for the past few months of societal breakdown. So, maybe I'm better for it.
But like that song says; if I am brave then this time [my future] will be different. If I try this time in the present to achieve my personal and professional goals, then this time will be different. This time I will be trying with a brave spirit and the knowledge of an experience that has strengthen me to the core.
Despite what they tell you, you can never truly leave your past behind. But if you take those memories and let them motivate you to do something bigger in life than you can create a masterpiece. You can be a masterpiece.