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Apr 20, 2017

My home is a mess, an absolute mess. There are papers and piles everywhere because well, life is busy. Let’s just leave it all that. You know we’ve all been there at one point or another. Well, I’m currently there right now (who am I kidding, I’ve been here a while).

So, when I had a spare minute to go through some of my piles, guess what I discovered?

India Arie.

Do you know who she is?

If you don’t, you need to watch this video, featuring one of her earlier works, which also happens to be titled “Video”.

This was the first song I ever heard India Arie sing, many moons ago, and listening to it after all these years reminded me of why I adore her so. In this one song, India Arie reminds us to love ourselves as we are and not be confined by materialistic, superficial elements that often get thrown our way.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick sample of the lyrics from her “Video” song:

“I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s suppose to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see.”

(India Arie, “Video”)

The lyrics are humble, easy, powerful, and so so true. The song may be almost 20 years old but when you’re good, you’re good. Its message: timeless.

As we raise our children in an ever changing society, imagine for one second how different the world would be if we all just loved ourselves as we are, when we can be proud to just be ourselves and in turn, respect others for who they are.

One can only hope.

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