Last month there was a day called: International Women’s Day. Unsure of what that even means? Don’t worry. I put trusty ol’ Wikipedia to the test (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women’s_Day). Here’s what it has to say:
International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for their economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.
Huh. Okay. Now we know. I only bring it up because my internet music station of the day had suggested playlists featuring Women Artists of various genres. Tired of the repetitive sounds of the video games in the background, I scrolled through all the genres and made my own list that put me in my happy place. Man, there are some great works of art out there! Once I put my music on, cue the kids to start whining for “their” music list. In my mind, my inner child is screaming: “NO! Mine! Mine!” (add foot stomping). I actually say that, since they are playing in the other room, I get to pick the music at this time. There is no diplomacy.
I’m a musically-motivated person. It sounds funny but, it’s true. If I need to get stuff done, I do it better and quicker with music playing in the background that I can sing and dance to. It’s amazing how fast time goes when I’m “plugged in.”
Music helped me get through my day and get things done. It broke down the wall that was keeping my thoughts jumbled and helped me with some creative crafty projects today. Lately, I’ve been knocked down repeatedly but, each time I get back up and fight a little harder. It’s like that Sara Evans song, A Little Bit Stronger. Each day I get a little stronger. I just keep going, one step at a time.
Another song of inspiration for today is one of my kids’ favorites: Katy Perry’s Roar :
“Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough. I see it all, I see it now.
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar”
It’s like Apollo Creed said in Rocky III:
“If you stand toe-to-toe with this bum, he’ll kill you. It doesn’t take a man to stand there and get your head beat off! He’s just a man, Rock. So, be MORE man than him! Go get him; Eye of the Tiger!”
I’m going toe to toe with life. If I let it, it will knock me down. I have had enough. Enough sick, enough fatigue. I’m fighting back. Starting now! Eye of the Tiger!