On Rachel Platten: Part II

Oh, I think that I found myself a cheerleader, she is always right there when I need her.

If you read my other post, you’ll know that Rachel Platten is important to me.  However, I didn’t realize just how much her music meant to me until recently.

I took a trip down the YouTube rabbit hole the other day when I came across two songs of hers that I’d never heard before.  Intrigued – I thought I knew all of her music – I clicked on the videos.

And boy did I hit the jackpot.  Even though they’re from an older indie album, “Nothing Ever Happens” and “1,000 Ships” are no less upbeat and encouraging than her other songs.  These came to me at the perfect time, too.  I’m still in the “I-just-finished-my-undergraduate-degree-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life?” phase.  These songs have reminded me what my goals are and what it is going to take for me to achieve them.

There are a few lyrics that jump out at me:

Make a little space and get out of your own way

This is from “Nothing Ever Happens”.  I’ll admit that I could’ve done better in undergad – I’m trying to stop kicking myself about it.  Honestly, looking back, I was in my own way.  I was so anxious about doing well and not making mistakes, and it backfired.  All my anxiety sucked the enjoyment out of doing what I loved.  I forgot I was doing it for no one else but me.

So keep your eyes set on the horizon, on the line where blue meets blue

“1,000 Ships” was the first video I found, and I immediately fell in love.  Now that I’ve taken a step back from academia, I can stay focused on my goals and take the necessary steps to achieve them.  I know exactly what I want in life, but it’s not going to come to me; I have to go after it.  I just have to remember why I want it, and go and get it, no matter what anyone else says.

OMI found his cheerleader, and now I’ve found mine.


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