I Am

I Am

Music is one of the main ways I deal with the ups and downs of life – it always has been and I imagine it always will be. Playing the piano has always been an outlet for me and I always feel emotionally recharged when I’m done. I soak up lyrics like my life depends on it. So when I faced the life changing experience of special needs motherhood, I found some of my greatest comfort through playing and listening to music and finding lyrics that helped me through my journey. Chloe, probably by default, also loves music. Before we had her seizures under control, one of the only things that stopped her from screaming would be laying right by the piano while I played it. A neurologist once told me the different vibrations are probably what did it. Needless to say, I did a lot of piano playing in those early months! We also got her involved with music therapy that we still use to this day.¬†Many¬†different songs have helped and inspired me (and continue to do so) through a lot of different rough times.

Music to me is like breathing.
I don’t get tired of breathing
and I don’t get tired of music.
~Ray Charles

When a song comes together with awesome music and lyrics that touch on a subject close to my heart, it immediately becomes a favorite. That’s what happened with this song, I Am by Vinyl Hearts. Inclusion has conceptually been important to me since I can remember. The older Chloe gets, however, and especially the more she recognizes her differences and feels sad when she is left out, the more passionate I am becoming about inclusion! When I heard this song awhile back, it struck that chord within me – how truly special we all are and how much those differences should be embraced and celebrated…. that’s right I said embraced and celebrated, not just accommodated. I put together this little video of children of all different abilities, personalities, talents, and special sparks. I dare you to not smile big while you’re watching it!

I am one in a billion
I am the only one that I can be
That is something beautiful
I see the world like nobody else can see
I am the someone that nobody else can be
I’m the original, so irreplaceable
No matter who I’ll be and who I’ve been
I am perfect just the way I am

I am one in a billion
I am the only one that I can be
And that’s something beautiful
And I am a light that’s shining
And I’ll sing the song that only I can sing
Yes, that is something beautiful
It’s something beautiful
It’s something wonderful

I’m only human just like anyone
But I’m the only me under the sun
Just like a snowflake, no two are the same
And there’s unity in our individuality
I am perfect just being me

I am one in a billion
I am the only one that I can be
And that’s something beautiful
And I am a light that’s shining
And I’ll sing the song that only I can sing
Yes, that is something beautiful
It’s something beautiful
It’s something wonderful

Everybody is somebody that nobody else can be
Everybody is somebody that nobody else can be
Everybody is somebody, that’s who I am
Everybody is somebody that nobody else can be
Everybody is somebody that nobody else can be
Everybody is somebody, that’s who I am

I am one in a billion
I am the only one that I can be
And that’s something beautiful

I am one in a billion
I am the only one that I can be
And that’s something beautiful
And I am a light that’s shining
And I’ll sing the song that only I can sing
Yes, that is something beautiful
It’s something beautiful
It’s something wonderful

That’s something beautiful

 

 

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