Alicia Keys just released the official music video for her song "Girl on Fire." I love it. The video features Keys picking up her house, playing with her kids, getting them ready for bed, cooking dinner, paying bills, tenderly helping her live-in mother and hanging out with her husband.
Hmmm ... does that life sound familiar to anyone?
Take a look:
How amazing is it that the girl isn't on fire because she's perfect and half-naked in the clubs with all the men trying to get with her? This girl is on fire because she is taking care of her children, her mom and loving her husband and making her house a home and still going after her own dreams. She won't give up. She wants it all. Don't we all?
I love the positive spin this puts on motherhood. It honors all that motherhood entails; all that we give and all that we sacrifice. It also captures the boundless joy that motherhood brings with it but at the same time, it is honest about what we give of ourselves and it is encouraging to know that we all feel the same about this beautiful and sometimes overwhelming journey of motherhood. The moment when we find our balance, stand back because we will ignite.
Sure, it's overwhelming and lonely sometimes when the only people that you get to talk to all day only come up to your kneecaps and, for the most part, can’t speak any language that you understand. We are more than just what we appear to be. We are more than our yoga pants and spit up on t-shirts.
We just need the time and opportunity to shine. Mothers are so underestimated but we have powers of will and determination that will blow you away. If we ever focused the faith and love that we have in our family on ourselves, the world had better watch out. We would be on fire!
Do you love the Girl on Fire video as much as I do?