Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . its summertime, summertime, sum, sum, SUMMERTIME!

So I’ve been thinking . . . its summertime, summertime, sum, sum, SUMMERTIME!

Wheee! Even though summer is nearing its end of days for some people, it’s the start of summer for me. It’s the start of . . .

sun-kissed days; cicada-filled nights; ice-cream indulgence; guilt-free laziness; earnest explorations; peaceful moments; fireworks and flare; airy strings and song; star-gazing lakeside lawns; champagne rooftops; boat-ride breezes; Zen-like golf mornings; hopeful baseball games; sweat-dripping afternoons; green-grass picnics; cold-beer tacos; sanctuary shade; chlorine dips; salt-water embraces; air-conditioned blasts; barbecued evenings; blazing pink and orange sunsets; quietness of dusk to twilight; and squeezing every last drop out of summer.

And another thing (or two or seven) . . .

I’ve been reading . . . White Teeth by Zadie Smith. This book has long been on my list. I’ve read how wonderful her writing is—this is real literature, folks, not fiction. But I’ve been hesitant because of the not-so-great reviews on Goodreads as well as the comparisons to Salman Rushdie. I haven’t read any of his work so I have no basis for comparison. And now, in the heat of summer, I finally felt the pull to read this book.

Smith’s writing is sharp and, so far, no wasted words. It’s a bit dense so this one will take awhile. Probably will be reading some lighter reads at the same time.

I’ve been watching . . . the Olympics . . . sort of. I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics last Friday. The best part was the parade. (The worst part, the commentary.) I actually cried when I saw the athletes from Turkey walk out.

Other than the opening ceremony, I haven’t really watched it much. I have it on sometimes in the background when I am doing things at home. Not loving the remarks and “news” reporting. Would be better if they had some truly thoughtful and informative commentary.

I’ve been listening to . . . the Sara(h)s. Sara Haze and Sarah McLachlan. Beautiful voices, meaningful songs. These artists have gotten me through a lot of challenging times in my life.

Sara Haze is incredible—she writes insightful songs about her own internal journey that somehow seems to be just what I need to hear. She wrote her song “Lovely” in response to record labels and management who wanted her to change her image. I resonated with this song at a time in my life when my self-esteem was really low and I thought I needed to be something else for someone instead of being me.

Lovely
by Sara Haze
I don’t wanna be her
I just want to be little old me
Shouldn’t have to think
Who am I suppose to be today
And what give you the right
To tell me who I should be
Who gave you that right
Cause I, I feel lovely
Just the way that I am
Yes I feel lovely
The way that I am
I know you want the best
Yeah only good things for me
But you have to realize
I can’t be all these things you project on me
Cause I’m beautiful to me
Doesn’t that mean a thing
I feel lovely
Just the way that I am
Yes I feel lovely
The way that I am
I need that to be enough for you
Need that to be enough for you
Cause it’s enough for me
It’s enough for me
Am I suppose to give up everything I am
Just to make you happy
I thought I was the one you
Always wanted me to be
It turns out I’m just little old me
I’m just little old me
And that’s fine by me
Cause I, I am lovely
Just the way that I am
Oh yes I am,
Yes I am lovely
The way that I am
I am lovely lovely
I am lovely

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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