Last month I read Alicia Key’s book More Myself: A Journey.
Before all of you men out there start shaking your head or rolling your eyes at me for reading such a thing…take a step back and reconsider such body language. And for you women that believe you cannot live out your dreams like Alicia has…DON’T!
Alicia is an artist. Alicia creates music that can change one’s emotions within seconds to minutes. Alicia grew up in Hell’s Kitchen. She’s not an imposter. She is not a poser. She is not a narcissist. Alicia is real, and she is candid and she is MORE.
And thus, I wanted to share a quick snippet from her work that spoke to my heart and my mind as I struggle to let certain things go (perhaps you do to!).
But I could not leave you with just one glorious piece, so I am deciding to share this one as well:
I don’t know if you do, but I struggle with those things that Alicia speaks of. I have a hard time shutting things off and I don’t know what it is causes me to seek being in OVERDRIVE so often. I see my daughters growing up so quickly and I feel like I am getting hit with a bunch of bricks and that the trauma is building up and perhaps I need to wake up, stop, set boundaries and reevaluate. I am trying. A little progress being made daily. Hoping to take more steps forward than backward, but it’s not so easy.
Perhaps you have some of the same struggles as me. Perhaps yours are similar but different. It doesn’t matter. Struggle is struggle and it just depends on how you look at it.
Look, her book isn’t perfect. Her words will not resonate with every one of us. She opens herself up to be judged by all who see her on stage, in film or within the pages of a book. But with the right perspective, we can all gain so much from the journey that she shares. We can in fact be MORE OURSELF.