The music I listen to varies so much I often avoid sharing. People say, "You like this and that? That's almost blasphemous!" I couldn't even bring myself to put real examples in that quote. I know, I need to get over this fear of musical ridicule. In the meantime, I'm being brave and letting you know my favorite Katy Perry song is "Firework."
The song's message is simple: Don't be afraid to be who you are. Don't hide. Taking this advice is not always easy, though. It's bizarre how many ways people dream up to show prejudice toward other people. Whether we are growing up, establishing a career, or supporting a family, having someone label us "other" or "inferior" hurts. Constantly defending ourselves saps our energy, making it easier to give up and disappear. The good news? We don't have to change their minds. We just have to know they are wrong about us.
The issues of prejudice, ignorance, and hate are complex. I know these problems are not solved so easily. We can make the situation better for ourselves, though, by working to change how we react. Instead of closing in on ourselves, we can choose to show we believe in ourselves. That's why I love this song.
Besides, what's not to love about a video with fireworks shooting from people's chests?