Remember my Declaration of You series of blog posts? Well, it's back. Last week I shared my declaration of enthusiasm. This week? Uniquity. Yeah, I know, they made up the word. How very meta unique of them.
|illustration by the talented Jessica Swift.|
My first and most persistent thought when I sat down to muse on uniquity was Ani DiFranco's song "Born a Lion" from her Puddle Dive album. Specifically the lyric: "Why we all gotta look, gotta act the same? I say if you're born a lion, don't bother trying to act tame." This is my jam. Actually, the whole album is my jam. Scratch that. All of her songs are my jam. Here's the deal, if you're not yet a fan(atic), allow me to take uno momento to tell you why you may need to reconsider this oversight. It's not too late to turn your life around.
This week the book/blog tour is all about unique points of view, yes? We're talking about speaking our truth and living out loud, right? I can think of no more inspiring personification of these qualities than Ani and her music. What does that have to do with my own uniquity? Well, whenever I get off kilter, or feel not so much myself, I crank it up and reset my world. In honor of this week of uniquity, I invite you do do the same. Ani's overarching themes are not only radical political singer songwriter folkie stuff -- The Boston Globe said of her style: "DiFranco sings songs the way guerrillas fight revolution" -- her music and her life are all about being who you are with no apologies. Cheers to that.
Born a Lion
I'm not hurting anyone
no, I'm just telling my own truth
and if there
if there is something wrong
then maybe maybe there's something wrong with you
I say what's the big deal
get over it
just 'cause I do up in your face
what other people do behind your back
why we all gotta look
why we all gotta act the same
I say if you're born a lion
don't bother trying to act tame
everything I do
I do for the first time
I got a big crush on you
and it's crushing my mind
can I follow you home
and just listen to you think
leave my lip prints on your cups
leave my hairs in your sink
they think I'm out there
out there living on the fringe
this is my world
and I invited them in
they should try living
by my rules for a day
I tell ya, nobody would die
and there'd be lots of stuff to say
I'm not hurting anyone
no I'm not hurting anyone
Disclaimer: I strongly dislike YouTube fan videos with their creepy stalkerish overtones and awful Ken Burns iMovie lazy auto edit humdrum; however, this song is from an indie folk album released in 1993. Go ahead. Try and find the audio freely and/or legallyish available for blog embedding. Bear with me, close your eyes, open your ears, and rock out. Trust.
Have an excellent week, friends, readers, and strangers who wandered by this site. Live it out loud. Celebrate uniquity. And remember: If you're born a lion, don't bother trying to act tame.
The Fine Print: The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, giving readers the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, to discover how they and their gifts are unique, and to uncover what they are meant to do!