you changed the language of my heart and the alphabet of my soul, little things that aren’t so little but i just thought you should know before you leave to find your own way i can never repay you enough but because of you i’m happy for the little things again, even the most trivial of stuff like the memory of your love and your hand over this broken heart, the sound of your voice that echoes still reminding me i’m beautiful, worthy and smart, constantly rewriting what was once written there, turning apathy and self-loathing into passion and self-care. and all this because once upon a time, you dared.
It started out with a song, one that planted a seed inside me,
asking the same old question, “Are you really happy?”
Then, “what if you aren’t, what then will you do?
Will you get up and leave all this behind? Will you? Should you?”
And so the seed grew, and kept growing until the day came
when the answers found their questions. And this time, there was no shame,
from the first word on the page to the last, from the wine, and the gun – but not her past,
I was her and she was me; guess all this was meant to be
all because of a song,
one that woke me up to what was wrong
I need a different kind of love, it’s true
I need to fall in love with me again, not you.
The above line is a quote from Baz Luhrman’s 1992 movie, Strictly Ballroom, and it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s also the first thing I thought of when I read the Daily Prompt this morning, and no matter how hard I tried to talk about my fearless fantasy, this was the only thing that would come out of me.
Anyway, back to the movie. I love Fran (Tara Morice), the way she blossoms from the ugly duckling to the swan and as much as I loved Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio), it’s Fran who shows true courage for she never wavers from what she wants – at least what her heart wants – while Scott was all over the place.
To me, the red dress that Fran wears (which is absolutely gorgeous) at the competition represents not just her own courage, but Scott’s, for it’s through her courage that he finally begins to live the life he wants, which begins by dancing the way he wants to dance.
I don’t even care that my post doesn’t really talk about my fearless fantasy, but let’s say that if I had one, the red dress would probably be part of it – and the paso doble.
Just a cute video to open the week – you know, one of those days where there’s so much to do but I don’t know what to do. Anyway, this is the Josh Williams Band performing live 3 years ago, when a baby bird landed on his guitar in the middle of the song, Mordecai.
We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?
Don’t know whether I’ll remember this 20 years from now (I don’t even remember what song reminds me of summer 2013 as it is), but this one just makes me smile. Not only is it such a happy song, but a friend gifted me this song in a greeting card and it always makes me smile every time I think of it.