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Monday, May 28, 2007

Quoting from another blogger

I've always felt the same way about these lyrics, and I loved this posting:

http://cravingideas.blogs.com/backinskinnyjeans/2006/06/that_i_would_be.html

She wrote:
That I would be good
by Alanis Morissette
Album: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Alanis Morissette is one of those songwriters whose lyrics always articulate into song some part of my life that I cannot. "That I would be good" is one of those songs that hit me at the core because she sings about something that I have struggled with my whole life, feeling good enough just as I am. Feeling good enough because I am beautiful as I am. Feeling worthy enough for the love of a special man just because I am me. Feeling good enough that I do have unique and special talents that others would appreciate.

Many women, I know, feel like this. Not feeling good enough is a compulsion that makes many of us ache, depressed, and desperate. This is especially true when it comes to our physical appearance, and that is why we obsess about fixing what isn't "good", so that we could be good. What Alanis is saying in her song is that we are good regardless.

Some lines in the song that grab me:

that I would be good even if I got the thumbs down

that I would be good even if I gained ten pounds
that I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be good whether with or without you

There was a time a few years ago where I would just drive for hours and sing songs. That I would be good was one of those songs I would sing as loud as I could, and then cry as hard as I could. It was car therapy, and it helped me get through a rough time in my life.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Great New Quotes from Lemony Snicket

- "Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the crimes, follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother's wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women."

- "What happened in a certain place can stain your feelings for that location, just as ink can stain a white sheet. You can wash it, and wash it, and still never forget what has transpired, a word which here means 'happened and made everybody sad.'"

- "Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby - awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess."

- "One of the remarkable things about love is that, despite very irritating people writing poems and songs about how pleasant it is, it really is quite pleasant."

- "If one's safety is threatened, one often finds courage one didn't know one had. In times of great stress one can often find energy hidden in even the most exhausted areas of the body."

- "It is often difficult to admit that someone you love is not perfect, or to consider aspects of a person that are less than admirable."

Source: Snicket, Lemony. Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid (2007).