I LOVE music. It makes me laugh, cry, dance and shout out loud – often at the same time. It has helped me through some of the darkest challenges in my life.
For instance, when the 2008 recession hit, I lost just about everything. It swallowed my business, my home, my relationship and my self-confidence. I found myself sitting in an empty apartment, alone, scared and wondering what the hell just happened. Then one day I heard this song on the radio: I Ain’t Settlin by Sugarland.
It made such an impact on me that I ran out the next day and bought the CD (this was 2008 – remember???). I played that song over and over again, singing at the top of my lungs. I didn’t have any furniture, so I took advantage of the open space in my living room. I put on thick socks, ran and slide across the floor while shouting:
” I ain’t settlin’ for just getting by
I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low so raise the bar high
Just enough ain’t enough this time
I ain’t settlin’ for anything less than everything”
It actually helped. If even for a few minutes it made the emotional pain go away. Even when I listen to that same song today, when my life is so much better, I still get tears in my eyes. To me, the message is powerful and inspirational and funny.
Nine years later, I now have a new business, a new home and a new husband. I’ve come a long way and I’m still shouting at the top of my lungs: I AIN’T SETTLIN’.
Do you have a favorite song? One that makes you smile and feel like you can conquer the world? Share it with us. We’d love to sing along.