This is Me

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I love this. Tears. Chills. Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring.
After watching it I sat and wondered why it moved me so much. It’s a privilege, really, to witness that moment when Keala steps into herself more fully and “owns” that song. She’s not just singing the words, she’s expressing them through who she is. You can literally feel the change when it becomes more than just her voice singing. Who she is makes the powerful lyrics to this song come alive.
But for me, the thing that touched me the most was watching her proudly step into the woman that she is and to unapologetically own her unique gifts. To me she is saying: “This is me. My sense of worth and value doesn’t hang on the way that others view me. They can’t change my worth. They don’t have the ability, right, or power to alter my value according to the whims of their opinions.  And no one has the right to minimize your value. For we are all glorious.”

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Keala Settle sing “This is Me”

This Is Me”

I’m not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one will love you as you areBut I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are gloriousWhen the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is meAnother round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades
And reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become

Won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
Gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

…This is me

And I know that I deserve your love
There’s nothing I’m not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is bruised
This is who I’m meant to be, this is me

Look out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

I’m gonna send a flood
Gonna drown them out
(…this is me)

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