Be Brave, Be Awesome, Be You

I received a Facebook message from a friend about a week ago. She posted a link to a song/video and said she thought of me and my daughters when she watched it. That “it reminded me of your blog and the courage that you have to be authentic and speak your truth.”

I was curious to see what this video was about but didn’t have time to watch it…until today.

I was laughing when it started, cause it’s awesome, and then the lyrics came. And I cried.

Cause by now you should know I cry about everything…happy things, sad things, overwhelming things (like at the beginning of big sporting events when they play loud music and the players are announced and everyone is cheering…yeah, I’m the weirdo crying in the stands). And don’t get me started on my kids.

So anyway, back to the video…these were happy tears.

Because there was a time when I would have been that person dancing in the street like a fool. I would have been the first to volunteer. Seriously. But then something happened. And I no longer was that person. And I was stuck in a sad and lonely place for a long time.

A few years back, the girls were dancing in the family room. HJ and I were on the couch. He asked me why I never danced anymore. I shrugged. He kept telling me to get up and dance with the girls. That it would be fun.

And so I tried. But it was strange and awkward. I didn’t know how to move. I felt like I wasn’t even in my own body.

Fast forward to today…I may not be the first one to volunteer to go dancing by myself in the street, but you could probably talk me into it. At home though, I am as goofy and crazy (fun crazy – just to clarify) as I ever was.

As I watched this video, I thought about my kids. I pray my kids grow to have the confidence to be themselves, the awesome people they were created to be. To dance in the street…even if no one else is. Even when being themselves is lonely or difficult. I want them to be brave.

I haven’t felt very brave lately. Especially here on this blog. But this gave me encouragement. It reminded me to be myself even if it’s lonely and difficult and I make a complete fool out of myself. It reminded me to speak up and speak my truth. So thank you, sweet friend, for thinking of me!

BG be you anyway

And for you too, yes you, reading this right now. Be brave, be awesome, but mostly, just be you!

Now…let’s go dance!

For some reason, I can’t get the video to show up here, so click the link to go watch it. It will make you smile…i promise. It’s by Sara Bareilles and it’s called BRAVE. Lyrics are below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4&list=UUeorj4gQq9KLidnoC-XCbCQ&index=2

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
 
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
 
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
 
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
 
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow 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
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
 
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
 
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
 
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
 
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
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4 Responses to Be Brave, Be Awesome, Be You

  1. What a sweet post! And a nice reminder to us all.
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  2. Katie says:

    1- This song made me cry and feel like dancing in the library. Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    2- I love that you cry at sporting events! I used to always cry during the National Anthem before I would play. Once my coach asked me what was wrong and I said, “I’m just so proud to be an American.”
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  3. Love Sara’s Music! I agree, great theme song for you.
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  4. Sally Peterson says:

    I LOVE this! I think you have a theme song!!!

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