I am completely obsessed with this song, to the point that I have actually memorized the lyrics. I don’t think I’ve memorized lyrics since the Backstreet Boys were still popular (Backstreet’s Back, alright!).
I have this song memorized because it’s become such an integral part of how I cope. When I have a bad day or feel like I fucked up, I always turn to this song. This song reminds me that, “I am not the mistakes I have made.” When I can’t fall asleep at night, I remind myself, “I am not the voices in my head.” When I start to blame my parents for who I am, “I am not the things my parents did.”
This song reminds me that my identity is so much more then the way I look and the things I’ve done, and that I don’t need to be weighed down by my past.
To use India Arie’s words, I am a being of light, a soul, an essence.
Despite living in a world that tends to make a one to one association between being valuable and being productive, I am a being of love and worthy of love, simply because I am here in this beautiful existence.