30 Day Song Challenge
Day 7: A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event
My high school graduation in 2004 - I know, I’m old. Don’t remind me - remains one of my finest moments in life. I admittedly place a lot of emphasis on validation even as I strive to be a humble person… and graduating from high school, while a much more common goal these days than it used to be, was a big deal for me. I had busted my ass to be the very best in my classes, and had even planned out a goal from the Spring semester of my junior year to make sure that I graduated with “Distinguished Achievement Honors,” a distinction that was not easily gained.
But my Senior Year was also one of the hardest periods of my life where I had to do the majority of the things myself. I had grown accustomed to not having to depend on anybody (perhaps to a very prideful extent) and so at times I struggled. It was more than fitting that, for our graduation song, the Senior Class Officers had chosen Mary Mary’s “Can’t Give Up Now.” That song to this day reminds me, as it did then, that it’s just as you’re coming into the final lap, right when your legs are getting tired and you’re becoming short of breath and exhaustion’s setting in because you’ve worked so hard up to this point… that you have to keep pushing and finish what you start. As Mary Mary so eloquently states it, “Nobody told me… the road, would be easy/ And I don’t believe He brought me this far, to leave me.”