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Resilience

 

 

When I drive to and from my morning workouts, Pink is one of my favorite artists to listen to. Recently on my drive, the song Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken was playing. The chorus goes like this:

 

"There's not enough rope to tie me down

There's not enough tape to shut this mouth

The stones you throw can make me bleed

But I won't stop until we're free

Wild hearts can't be broken

No, wild hearts can't be broken”

Now, I’m not exactly sure what Pink is talking about in this song or what it means to her. What I do hear is her fight, her drive not to be tamed… to not back down from who she is and what she believes in.

Man, if I could always have that fight in me!

There is something deep, I believe, in all people, something that drives us, pushes us on. Call it our consciousness, our spirit, our grit, whatever you would like…but we all have it. Sometimes it roars up just when we need it; other times we have to go in search of it. But it’s there.

That drive, that spirit has often been called resilience -- what Webster defines as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”

Studies show that our ability to be resilient in life is directly correlated with feeling empowered and capable. To me, this is such strong evidence that we need people in our life who empower us, not tear us down. Kids need parents and adults who let them know they are capable of succeeding. We all need to be connected to communities that encourage us to brainstorm new possibilities and overcome the battles in front of us.

For me resilience is exactly what Pink is singing about…

"not enough rope to tie me down…

not enough tape to shut this mouth."

 

I am resilient. I won’t stop. I may need to adjust and come up with a new plan, but I will keep pushing… I won’t be broken.