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March 23, 2015

A Tale of Two Anthems


We all have many sides that make-up the whole the person that we have each are – it is constantly in motion. My iTunes play list is as eclectic as the theoretical counseling approaches that I claim. I like it, it reads authentically who I am. You know when a tune gets caught in your head; you sing it or replay it over and over again? Takes a while to get old. My two tunes, two anthems, are Fire and Pop, Lock, & Drop It – if you are familiar with these two tunes, you surely will be rolling in laughter.



FIRE
Oh if there's one thing to be taught
It's dreams are made to be caught
And friends can never be bought
Doesn't matter how long it's been
I know you'll always jump in
'Cause we don't know how to quit

Let's start a riot tonight
A pack of lions tonight
In this world, he who stops, won't get anything he wants
Play like the top one percent
Til nothing's left to be spent
Take it all, ours to take, celebrate because

We are the champions
Setting it off again
Oh we on fire
We on fire
Running our own campaign
Doing the whole shebang
Oh we on fire
We on fire

Get up, stand up, throw your hands up
Welcome to the other land of
Dreamers brothers sisters others
Yeah we on fire like that

Oh the bond is deeper than skin
The kind of club that we're in
The kind of love that we give
Oh ever since the dawn of mankind
We all belong to a tribe
It's good to know this one's mine

Let's start a riot tonight
A pack of lions tonight
In this world, he who stops, won't get anything he wants
Play like the top one percent
Til nothing's left to be spent
We don't care, we won't stop, call your mothers, call the cops

We are the champions
Setting it off again
Oh we on fire
We on fire
Running our own campaign
Doing the whole shebang
Oh we on fire
We on fire

Get up, stand up, throw your hands up
Welcome to the other land of
Dreamers brothers sisters others
Yeah we on fire like that

Ohh (fire, fire)
Ooooh (fire, fire)
And nothing's gonna be the same (fire fire, fire fire, fire fire)

Oh! We're the champions
We are the champions
Setting it off again
Oh we on fire
We on fire
Running our own campaign
Doing the whole shebang
Oh we on fire
We on fire


I would include the lyrics to Pop, Lock, & Drop it…but quite frankly I don’t understand the words! What I relish in is the beat – I feel a little thug gangster life, it speaks to the inner jagged edges I love without boundaries.  What is it then about Fire – awe, the words, the beat, the essence of what the song embodies.

Over the past several months, I have been creating forever memories with my friends and family.  I must be doing something right to be surrounded with an amazing eclectic group of people that love me. I have been wanting to write something profound on my blog yet I have been at a loss as to what to share and what not to share. I realize that you can only share pieces of yourself publicly, there are consequences professionally and a touch personally when choosing true transparency. I see that I am filter myself – from everyone, this is not necessarily a bad thing though. I am choosing to speak of only that which serves me well.

Understandably, there are questions about my health and how I am doing. The answer to this is complicated yet simplistic. We are painfully aware of the statistics; they are sitting in my peripheral all the time. The bi-lateral mastectomy kicked off a firestorm within my body and made things astronomically worse. Trust and believe, when great fortune crosses my path, I will speak of it often and loudly sharing the news. For now, I ask for everyone to deeply believe, with every piece of you, that health will be restored to my body – a miracle. 

A couple weeks ago I got my second tattoo; it is of a lotus flower. As with my first, there is rich meaning behind the symbolism of the tattoo. The lotus flower grows in muddy bogs and yet when it blooms, there is this lovely delicate mud free flower that emerges. The lotus flower, to me, represents hope; that despite the challenges I am facing, I will emerge mud free and in full bloom.
I believe I will attain health.
I visualize myself healthy.
I can feel health.

What I am really excited about is May 1, 2015!!! I will be graduating with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am beyond eager to see where this new journey will take me. I will be setting up a small private practice in Salem and seeking employment with an agency. I am gladly accepting referrals!


Today, I am hopeful~