A couple of months ago, our women’s support group EMPRESS held it’s Second Annual Women’s Retreat. One of our Peace Corps Medical Doctors attended for a portion of the retreat to talk with us about staying motivated. He encouraged us to find our “power song” and shared that his own is “Rise Up,” the anthem of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup team.
A power song should provide you with a boost of energy, with the motivation to overcome a challenge or obstacle. If you’re running your first half marathon, it’s that song you listen to as you close in on the finish line. It’s that song you listen to when you need some encouragement to step out of your house in the morning. Music has always been pervasive in my life, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve had many different power songs. But for me today, that song is “Champion.”
In Jamaica, someone is described as a champion when they are particularly strong or carry themselves about with apparent mental fortitude. Champions walk the walk, they don’t just talk the talk.
“Jah Jah neva give I more dan what I can bear. Sometimes the road gets dark and it feels like no one cares. Friends and family, they are gone, but I will overcome. ‘Cause I am a champion mi bredda, I’m a champion mi friend.”
Holding on to hope and keeping faith that you already posses the strength that you need to overcome what’s in front of you. Believing in yourself. Haters gonna hate. These are the lessons I take from this song. It’s one of those songs where you can just feel the artist smiling as the lyrics flow, the type of song that makes it impossible not to grin.
Chronixx recently performed at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Read an article on his impact in the Reggae movement here.
What’s your power song? I hope that you enjoy mine!