In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Always Something There to Remind Me.”
Three strums of the guitar and instantly I know whats about to happen. Just like seeing an old friend, waves of good memories wash over me. No matter where I am or what I’m doing I have to turn the volume up; Ironic by Alanis Morrissette has come on the radio.
I will never forget that night in 1995 when I first heard the song. I was just a little tyke perched in front of the TV watching MTV music videos and an interesting video of four of the same women who were in the car together came on. I nodded my head to the sweet music enjoying the what I was hearing but then the chorus came roaring.
It’s like rain on your wedding day! It’s a free ride when your already late!
I shot up, spinning around, letting the music move me. And when the video was over I wished I could rewind and listen to it again. Back in those days you couldn’t just pull up YouTube and listen to a song when you felt like it. All I could hope was that I would catch the video again or hear it on the radio. I would tell my Mom “I wanna hear the it’s like rain song” and for years I thought that was the name of the song.
That song gave birth to the alternative princess I am today, and every time I hear it just reaffirms my love for alternative music. So thanks Miss Morrissette, thanks for everything.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Well, I Never….”
Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.
If there is one piece of advice I can give you, it’s NEVER compare yourself to others. I use to constantly look to other people’s lives as a guide on how to live my own. What was worse is that the people I looked to weren’t living these amazing lives, they were average people. I was dead set on just wanting to be “normal” and that’s what I got. I didn’t strive to be my best or do my best, I was just normal, average, and dull. The thought of that now makes me shiver, but that was me.
Think about it, if you’re busy comparing yourself to everyone around you, your talents, strengths and abilities are not getting the attention they deserve. How can you hone in on whats uniquely yours if you’re too busy focusing on what others have. All through my late teens I could’ve been focusing on writing, photography and all the hobbies that interest me, but no I was looking at the lives of my peers for guidance and validation. Thanks to social media I can see what those peers are up to now and none are living enviable lives. They’re just as average as they were back then, so what was there for me to look to? Absolutely nothing.
Always remember my friend that you were created be you and no one else, so use those God-given abilities for all they’re worth. And never for one second doubt yourself, you’re stronger than you think.