Are you living the life you are destined to be living?
Have you found your place and your purpose?
Or, are you living the life someone else has convinced you to live?
As we ponder the answers to these questions, we are inspired by the words of this week’s song inspiration – This is Me from The Greatest Showman.
At this part in the movie, the group that Barnum had collected are not allowed into the swanky party and that moment led to this song –
to NOT conform to the expectations of others
to NOT let society dictate what I should do or how I should be just because its what other people thought. It took me a long time to gather the courage to live MY life the way I was meant to live it – to be authentic and to just be able to say, “this is me”.
Does everyone like it? No.
Does it bother me that people don’t like it? Sometimes.
Are their situations where I feel like I don’t belong and that I don’t “fit in” ? Yes.
But, I’m not trying to fit in. I’m trying to be who I am meant to be and sometimes that doesn’t mean I “fit in”, sometimes it means that I am just me and I am ok with that.
God loves me for me.
My family loves me for me.
My friends love me for me.
I am unique and there is no one else like me.
I am who I am meant to be –
Pursuer of DreamsIt’s ok that I don’t wear make up and I don’t wear skirts and dresses.
It’s ok that my wardrobe consists mostly of jeans and polos and Doc Martens.
It’s ok that I wear striped or patterned socks with those Doc Martens.
It’s ok that I say no to some things and yes to others.
It’s ok that I am different, that I choose to not conform to others expectations.
It’s ok that I’m not the perfect parent or the perfect housekeeper or the perfect “whatever society tells me I should be”. It’s ok that I don’t always “fit in”. All of that is ok because -This is Me.
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
This line of the song stands out for me –
’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
I am worthy of all the things that God has planned for me –
All the hopes, all the dreams and the life I was meant to live.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
It’s NOT the plans society has for me.
It’s the plans that God says I should follow, the plans that He has laid our before me.
My own unique plans and purpose for which I was created.
The reason that God created ME.
“I am who I’m meant to be
This is ME.”
This attitude of being comfortable being me is a constant work in process. It takes time to learn that it’s OK to be you, for me to be me. At times, it’s really hard and at other times it’s awesome!
Here’s an example –
In my every day life, some people think it’s weird that I’ve seen Elton John 38 times in concert.
At an Elton John concert, it is celebrated and no one thinks its weird!
The people at an Elton concert are “my people”. They get it. They understand.
It’s totally normal that I would see Elton John in concert 38 times!
In order to say “this is me”, I had to develop a process by which I learned that it was OK to be “weird” and different and not let others reactions bother me. I had to learn that I do not control how other people feel. I had to develop confidence and learn to be comfortable in my own skin.
I make no apologies, this is me
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
To live your life, the one God has put you here to live.
To be brave, to be free to make no apologies –
THIS IS ME!