Invincible

Kelly Clarkson released a single entitled “Invincible,” it is fairly new, and I just recently heard it for the first time last week. It was an immediate favorite of mine, the more I listened to it the more powerful it became to me – the more it encouraged me.

THEN I watched the music video. Even more incredible. Kelly Clarkson is a great role model in general, recently standing up to body shamers – proclaiming her acceptance and love for her body just as it is. This video features several women – of all different shapes, sizes, colors, ages handicaps, etc – first trapped inside these cubes, then fighting their way out. Showing first their pain, then their happiness. It is pretty awesome; watch it here: https://youtu.be/xQNqaERUYy4.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

You know I was broke down, I had hit the ground
I was crying out, I couldn’t make no sound
No one hears the silent tears collecting
You know I had lost hope, I was all alone
Never been so long till 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
Another perfect storm

Now I am a warrior, a shooting star
Know I got this far, had a broken heart
No one hears the silent tears collecting
Cause it’s being weak, but strong in the truth I found
I have courage now, 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

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
Another perfect storm

I was running from an empty threat
Of emptiness
I was running from an empty threat
That didn’t exist
I was running from an empty threat
Of abandonment
I was running from an empty threat
That didn’t exist

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
Another perfect storm

At-any-give-moment-you-have-the-power-to-say-this-is-not-how-the-story-is-going-to-end.power-inspirational-quotesSia helped write the song, and she is someone who has overcome a lot in her life – including depression and anxiety. I can relate to so much of her music, and I can totally get her part in writing this song. The part that gets me most is the line that says “No, I ain’t a scared little girl anymore.” So much of my adult life has been affected by and is shaped by my childhood – including some particular events and people in my life at that time. So many people subconsciously allow the despicable people who hurt them when they were young to continue to hurt them later in life. I began to recognize this in my own life years ago, but haven’t quite had the courage to really do the work to take my life back. This song is so motivating to me. I can be invincible, I don’t have to be that scared little girl anymore, I don’t have to run – and neither do you. Take your life back! You have the power, no matter what your past looks like, you control your life today. You are invincible.

-N.O.

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