I’m both a crier and not a crier. I will cry from stress, being tired, happiness. But I don’t usually cry to movies or TV Shows, or songs for that matter. There are a few songs I will cry to, but usually there is an event that occurred that the song reminds me of (hinting at a future post *wink wink*).
But this song. This song makes me cry. Not a sad, defeated cry, but the cry that comes from knowing I am standing back up from being down. The powerful cry. The cry that says “I am nowhere near the end of my rope. I may be down right now, but I’m not down all the way. And to all the people who think I’m done, you better watch yourself.”
I’ve had the absolute pleasure of seeing Rachel Platten live. She’s beyond talented, has the best stage presence, is funny and witty, and puts on a genuinely great show. She also throws every emotion into her performance. This song was no different. Seeing her perform this song, hearing the emotions; it brought the tears. I’m 90% sure everyone was screaming this song, most people crying as well.
The thing is, this song IS the scream crying song for many of us. Because we have ALL been there. We have all experienced people knocking us down, people not believing in us, telling us we aren’t good enough. And while we may be on our way back up, and not knocked down, we all understand this feeling. This feeling of standing up, dusting ourselves off, and showing people they aren’t able to push us down. Challenges make us stronger. People not believing in us makes us work even harder to achieve our goals. Being able to say “I may have been at a low point, but I’m not there anymore, and I’m doing so well” is such a beautiful thing to say. It may take a few days, or years, but the fact that you kept pushing, kept climbing even as rocks were falling towards you is huge. And I’m so proud of you.
We have all hit some lows, some valleys. But valleys are surrounded by mountains. Climbing back up may be challenging, but the top of the mountain has the best view. We all deserve to watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain.