There is always some song in my life that is speaking to me, soothing me, or inspiring me. Lately, that song has been “Rise Up” by Audra Day. And while this song isn’t brand new, it is for me. I spent so much of the last two years traveling and during those travels I didn’t listen to new music. I stuck to the playlists I’d previously created for my journey. But now, back in the States, new songs are finding their way to my ears.
I’ve had a rough start health wise in 2017. What I believed was a stomach flu never fully went away. Somedays I am okay, and on those days I am active, fluid, and happy. But some days, I feel trapped inside my body and can’t escape the nausea that is constantly looming. It is hard to make plans with friends and keep appointments because I just don’t know how I am going to feel on any given day. To make matters worse, feeling ill triggers my anxiety.
I share these things with you because I believe everyone struggles with something whether it be relationships, career, finances, or health. I think when we open up about what ails us is when the healing begins. I also realize I experience a new level of empathy when something happens that knocks me down. My sister has Chrohn’s disease and imagining what she has been dealing with for so many years is heart wrenching but is also inspiring. She has found a way to live with it and still thrive. Though she has many dietary restrictions, she figured out how to create delicious and healthy meals that heal her instead of hurt her. She is an awesome mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She is living a full life despite her Chrohns.
I am trying to live by her example at the moment. But still, on the days I wake up and feel too sick to my stomach to do much of anything, I need something that has always been like medicine to me, music. And lately, this has been my song. It lifts me up, it makes me cry, and reminds me that I will indeed “rise up” no matter what struggles come my way.
So what is your song? What speaks to you, gives you chills, makes you want to be a better version of yourself? And if you don’t have one, you can share mine. Let’s rise up.