I first saw Colbie Caillat's Try on YouTube after I uploaded a video of my twins running around the house. Miss Caillat's single might as well be the new, official soundtrack of all the women of the world fighting so hard to accept the person they are, while trying to conform to society's norms and standards. Colbie Caillat's Try is an inspiration as we see a young woman herself - a superstar and an artist - at peace with what she truly is. Here are seven lessons from this song that makes me love myself more:
1. Stand Tall and Proud
Being a woman is already a gift, and Colbie Caillat's Try round up that fact with so much passion and love, I want to give her a hug. I have always admired her - how she manages to be beautiful and real even as she thrives in an industry whose definition of beauty is all messed up. We need more Colbies in music and show-business. Don't you agree?
2. You Already Are Perfect
And because you are perfect, you shouldn't think less of yourself. Throw away self-pity, don't give time to self-hate, and most importantly, stay away from people who make you feel bad about yourself. You are wonderful, anyone who thinks otherwise should talk to... me!
3. You Are Who You Think You Are
Keep negative thoughts out of your mind. Your brain/mind is the most powerful organ of your body and the more you feed it with unflattering data, the more it will absorb it. Believe in the power of positive thinking. Think happy thoughts, as Peter Pan would put it. Surround yourself with people who genuinely care for you and not those who genuinely wants to hurt you. You know who they are.
4. Celebrities Are Humans Too
I love how Colbie Caillat went bare in this video by showing us herself sans the makeup and the hair styling. It makes them more reachable, and in the process, we can relate to them better because we know that like us, they also get pimples and live through bad hair days.
5. Love Your Skin
Because no one can ever love you better than yourself - and you can never give love unless you have love in your heart. Loving your skin means accepting your flaws and imperfections. Loving your skin means celebrating your strengths and the beautiful person that is you no matter what skin color you possess.
6. 'Thin' Does Not Define Beauty
Social media bombards us with ads and commercials about keeping it slim or going on a diet to achieve that bikini body. I don't have anything against that as long as the person who does it is doing it because she wants to do it, and not because she is forced by friends or (worse!) a commercial to shed weight. Honey, "thin" does not define beauty. Besides, I always believe that a woman with curves is more huggable. And I love hugs!
7. Be True to Yourself
At the end of the day, when you look at yourself in the mirror, ask the question: "Do I like what I see?" Are you really happy? Or you are making decisions/taking actions to please other people? If you do, stop! And start being true to yourself.
Any more lessons you learned from this song? Feel free to share them to me!