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My second biggest passion after travel is music. My dream in life (and always will be), is to be a rock star. However, there are a couple of things standing in my way.
When I was at University, I had to pass a music class as primary school teachers are expected to teach music.I had to practice my Doh Reh Me tunes with the assistance of a computer program in order to pass a basic singing test. After my 111th attempt to hit Doh the computer politely told me that it was best if I took a break and come back another day.
I have still not returned, yet that does not stop me from singing my heart out in the car or shower and being totally moved and inspired by music and the stories that lie behind them.
At the moment, I am loving Eminem’s new song “I’m not Afraid.” It’s about Eminem’s return to his passion after a disastrous addiction with drugs. In the song he talks of not giving a rats about what his critics say and that he is back to stand up for his dreams. It’s about him reclaiming his power, which others (including his own demons) tried to take from him.
“Cause ain’t know way I’ma let you stop me from causing mayhem
When I say I’ma do somethin’ I do it
I don’t give a damn what you think, I’m doin’ this for me
I’ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
and all those who look down on me I’m tearing down your balcony”
Songs like this fire me up to continually strive to live my dreams and to tell those dream destroyers who constantly stand in your way to get lost. Dream killers are irrelevant to you and your life. Your life is your life, and your dreams are there for you to live and stand up for. Each time you allow a negative comment made by somebody else effect you, you allow them to take some of your power away from you. Standing up to them and saying “No, this is my life and my dreams, you will not have a say in them. Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do,” is reclaiming your power.
When I hear this song I think of all those people who want to start traveling but are afraid to go. I think of those who allow the naysayers to feed their fears and convince them to not follow their dreams. This is unacceptable. Never allow anyone else to define your life or limit what you are capable of. Someone else will always set the bar lower for your life then you ever would. And if you’re like Eminem and made a mess of your life, it’s not too late to change it; all that matters is NOW. Reclaim your power.
“And I just can’t keep livin’ this way, so starting today
I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up to face my demons
I’m mannin’ up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up, time to put my life back together right now.”
So if it is your dream to travel the world, then just do it. There’s no reason why you can’t. If it’s your dream to write a bestselling book, then do it. If you want to climb Mt Everest then think of all the reasons why you can and do it. Whatever it is you want to do in life, go and do it, because you can and nobody can ever tell you otherwise. Stand up for your dreams, they are worth it and do not be afraid. You are reclaiming your power. We promise that we will hold your hand with encouragement and inspiration the whole time.
“I’m not afraid, to take a stand
everybody come take my hand
we’ll walk this road together
Through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
just letting you know that you’re not alone
Holler if you feel like you’ve been done the same road”
Reclaim your power and become King of your world
P.S I did pass that music class. When it came time for our group singing, I received a 4/5, while my 3 friends who could not stop laughing at my horrible attempts at singing, passed with 3’s. Who is having the last laugh now? ba ha ha ha ha 😛