March Writing Challenge- Day 22: What’s Your Personal Anthem Or Theme Song?


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When you are someone like me who an extreme music lover, you don’t normally have a personal anthem or theme song; well, you don’t necessarily have one.

I like to think of them as my go-to songs. Songs that speak not only to my heart but my soul. Songs that describe me as closely as any song can. The songs that’ll make you want to dance, the good ole today’s type of songs, because I’m not really feeling today’s music or dance.

And a few of those songs are (and their partial lyrics):

1.Fantasia- I Believe

I can see it in the stars across the sky
Dreamt a hundred thousand dreams before
Now I finally realize
You see I’ve waited all my life
For this moment to arrive
And finally
I believe
When you look out in the distance
You see it never was that far
Ohh-no
Heaven knows your existence
And leads you to be everything you are
Ohh
There’s a time for every soul to fly
It’s in the eyes of every child
It’s the hope, the love that saves the world
And, ohh, we should never let it go
I can see it in the stars across the sky (yeah-yeah-yeah)
Dreamt a hundred thousand dreams before
Now I finally realize
You see I’ve waited all my life
For this moment to arrive
And finally
Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
I believe in the impossible
If I reach deep within my heart, yeah
Overcome any obstacle
Won’t let this dream fall apart
See, I strive to be the very best
Shine my light for all to see
Cause anything is possible
When you believe

—Written by: Sam Watters, Tamyra Gray & Louis Biancaniello, 2005

  1. Lenny Kravitz- Fly Away
I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly
I’d fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please, oh
I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Let’s go and see the stars
The Milky Way or even Mars
Where it could just be ours
Let’s fade into the sun
Let your spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun
Oh, oh, oh yeah…
——Lenny A. Kravitz, 1998
3. Madonna- Human Nature
Express yourself don’t repress yourself
Express yourself don’t repress yourself
—Madonna, 1995
 
4. India Arie- Video
Now don’t be offended this is all my opinion
Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law
This is a true confession
Of a life learned lesson
I was sent here to share with y’all
So get in when you fit in
Go on and shine
Clear your mind
Now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
Cause everything’s gonna be alright
I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
India.Arie
What is your personal anthem or theme song(s)?
Thanks for reading!

March Writing Challenge- Day 15: If You Could Choose Your Own Life Obstacles…?


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Today’s question for March Writing Challenge is: If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have? Um, my answer to that would be yes and no.

I said yes, I would keep the ones I have because one of my life obstacles is overthinking my goals. I’m afraid of failure and of things not working out the way I would like. Sometimes I feel overthinking is good because I wouldn’t rush into things without giving it a thorough thought.

I also said no because I wouldn’t want to keep limited finances. It is true that money can solve a lot of problems. If I could have more than enough money, it would help out a lot without having to worry about money for bills, food, and such. If there was more than enough money I could have, a shelter for those looking to better their lives for themselves and their children would be a great help. Money for food could be deliver out to or have a building used to hand out boxes and bags of food that a trusted person could monitor and give out to the ones who need it the most.

Life obstacles are something to learn from and overcome, and I like to think I am trying to do just that. Though, at times, obstacles can be a good thing because they make you stronger. Stronger to overcome the obstacles so when new things come up, you’re better equipped to handle them.

Thanks for reading.

If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep yours?

 

March Writing Challenge- Day 9: Has A Teacher Ever Changed Your Life?


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There was a teacher who was my 12th grade English teacher who had this knack and love for teaching that went beyond expectations. She really loved her job and made sure no child was left behind.

There was a writing assignment that we were to write and it was to be a fiction piece based on a particular theme that we pulled from a glass bowl. I thought it was fun until it was my turn to pull a paper out from the bowl.

When I looked at the paper, the theme I had pulled was to write a fictional story about someone who woke up and found out it was the end of the world. Now, I know the known writing rule is for you to not start a story about the character waking up, but that was the hardest part. I was NOT to start off with the character waking up even though that’s what the paper said I’ve chosen.

I had three days to write, as do everyone else who had to write a theme based on what they pulled from the bowl. It was difficult for someone like me as a 12th grader who loves writing to have trouble putting the story together. So, the day before I was to turn it in, I buckle down and write and write as the creative juices started to flow effortlessly. When I turned it in the next day, she immediately started reading it. I didn’t know whether to stand and wait or sit and wait. So, I chose to stand and wait.

When she stopped reading and looked up at me with a serious expression, my heart dropped. She slowly took off her glasses and said, “Pamela, I can tell you wrote this story from your heart, but also at the last minute.” I don’t know how she knew that, and I was hurt until she said the next line.

“The story sounds great and is extremely creative, but I can also tell you held back. Don’t be afraid to go there. Go as far as you can go, and keep going. The ending of this story is surprising and really good how the main character thought all of this was happening and to find out it was only a dream…” She was telling me.

When she studied it more and continue to tell me not to hold back and be as unique as I am, I can accomplish a lot more. Though I received a B grade, I truly felt like I have done better than my best until sometimes later I went back to read it and saw what she saw. I could have done better. (I did wrote an essay one year that ended up inside a glass encased bulletin for all to walk by and see.)

I remembered she also said to me that I like to play it safe instead of just going there and not worry what others would think and say. There are days now that I still occasionally think that way and that memory of my 12th grade teacher and that moment will come to the surface and remind me what was said.

Thanks for reading.

You Only Live Once, Enjoy Life- #loveandpeace


There comes a time in your life when you have to take a step back and realize how precious life is.

So much heartache, attacks, killings, and just plain evilness that goes on in our lives and what we see and hear on television and social media.

We can’t give into the hurt and pain that are flooding this world and trying to take what light and love we have left.

Had a close call with a family member this week and thanking God this person is still here. Suicide and homicide play a major part in this world. It makes you think, wonder, and not taking life for granted.

Love one another; but, keep distance from those who exude negativity.

If you dislike something a person say or do, think before you act. And ask yourself if it is worth it.

Let love and light fill you up with positivity.

One love. One heart. Let get together and feel alright.

—Bob Marley

 

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