This is Me

I recently dragged my unsuspecting family to see the movie The Greatest Showman. It has risen like cream to the top, without reservation, unhesitating, unabashed, forever favorite films of all time. It has it all… humanity, heart, reality, crushing destruction, enbibes the deep pain of victimization and triumph as an oddity, dreamer, sufferer, and survivor. It is agreed upon by all the females in my home tribe, of which there are five, that the picosecond that the movie is available to the general public the world will stop, PJ’s will be donned and a marathon movie watching of exactly three consecutive¬†viewings must occur. Currently, we relive the show with the soundtrack every time we are in the car, or out of earshot of anyone who is not likewise enthralled. Cause – you know… the haters are gone hate, why cast your pearls before swine?

I love all of the songs – every single stinking one of them. Music goes beyond your frontal cortex, straight into the seams of your soul and then the seat of your pants. There is one song however that is simply a show stopper. For anyone who has ever been a victim, for anyone who has ever sat in their own skin writhing under the searing torch of shame; for anyone who has ever hidden because they feel less than; for anyone who has been silenced and smeared, shut up and stuffed down… this baby girl is your song.

This is Me.

I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are

But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out

I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades
And reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become

Won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
Gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies

THIS IS ME.

Damn straight.