Take a breath,
Wear that dress, that top.
Change your shoes,
Put on those heels.
Straighten your posture,
Raise your head to look them in the eye.
Choose what you want,
Ignore the voices that tell you differently, that shame you.
Embrace your difference,
Choose to change what you aren’t comfortable with.
Make those changes.
Make those choices.
The only person’s opinion that matters
I had thought I was a nuisance,
The black sheep.
It took leaving,
A shot in the dark,
The result immense.
A letter sent out,
The response, “Do your best, it is all you can do.”
I felt my heart skip.
A phone call, later,
The words, “She says she loves hearing from you.”
The letters continue,
A feeling so immense,
I had thought I was a nuisance…
It was not planned, it was not something I had thought I was going to do today. Sitting by the grave, looking at their names carved into the headstone, I talk…
“I need some sort of divine intervention. I don’t know what to do. Do I move to the City and work to improve my life or just stay where I am and work to improve things here?”
I leave, put in my headphones and catch the end of the song that is playing…
…It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
Bright lights in the big city
Belongs to us tonight
I’ve got the magic in me
Every time I touch that track it turns into gold
Know everybody knows I’ve got the magic in me
The next song plays and I hear these words:
Live life like you’re giving up
‘Cause you act like you are
Go ahead and just live it up
Go on and tear me apart
I choose to believe that this was what I had asked for.
I thank you and I love you.
( Songwriters: Benjamin Heyward Iii Allen / Anthony Rhichardo Reyes / Thomas Decarlo Callaway Trebles Finals: Bright Lights Bigger City/Magic lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management )
( Songwriters: Amy Wadge / Ed Sheeran Even My Dad Does Sometimes lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC )