I’m a Perfect Storm

In early March I posted the following on Facebook:

Very few people influence my life as much as the one or two musical artists who happen to bookmark the significant moments of my life. No one has done that as much as Kelly Clarkson. 10 years ago, “Breakaway” was at the top of the charts, and I was alone in the desert, reeling from the news of a soulmate’s suicide, contemplating my own self-destruction, spiraling out of control from the loss of my relationship with a man with whom I spent over half of my life. Yesterday I downloaded her “Piece by Piece” album and can’t help but finally realize: this is what art does. It carries you through, it nurtures you, it’s the “wings that make you fly” when you’re tumbling from the sky. I don’t let many things/people into my life, but those who are here with me have the significance of angels.

Yesterday, after the SCOTUS announcement on the Affordable Health Care Act and after a week of hunkering down to get ready to launch these two websites, I got in the car and heard “Invincible” as it hit the airways finally.  A gift of a day.

You know I was broke down, I had hit the ground
I was crying out, couldn’t make no sound
No one hears silent tears collecting
You know I had lost hope, I was all alone
Never been so low ’til you came along
Teacher, I feel the dots connecting

Beat down on me, beat down like a waterfall
Cause I can take on so much more than I had ever dreamed
So beat down on me, beat down like a waterfall
‘Cause baby, I am ready to be free

Now I am invincible
No, I ain’t a scared little girl no more
Yeah, I am invincible
What was I running for
I was hiding from the world
I was so afraid, I felt so unsure
Now I am invincible
And I’m a perfect storm

Now I am a warrior, a shooting star
You know I got this far, I had a broken heart
No one hears silent tears collecting
‘Cause it’s being weak that’s strong
In the truth I found
I have courage now, I’m gonna shout it out
Teacher, I feel the dots connecting

Beat down on me, beat down like a waterfall
‘Cause I can take on so much more than I had ever dreamed
So beat down on me, beat down like a waterfall
‘Cause baby, I am ready to be free

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