“Will I?” from RENT keeps playing again and again in my head tonight. It’s such a powerful song. It’s a many part round of this phrase:
Will I lose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow from this nightmare?
RENT was my soundtrack for several years. When I was living with Mary I listened to it for days at a time while pacing her backyard (when I wasn’t crocheting and watching Law & Order.) It speaks to me. At the time with being at-risk for HD it was particularly relevant. I was constantly wondering what would happen to me. The show is still relevant. I’m just less scared now.
I think practicing mindfulness and acceptance has really changed me. I know I’m going through something I can’t change, something I can’t fix. But I’m not scared right now. Just for today, I’m okay.
“One Song Glory” also speaks to me. Especially the line that says, “One song, before the virus takes hold.” I think I’m writing that song. I think that now is my time. You know?
Do you ever feel like something really big is happening in your life? Like you’ve gotten to this very moment for a reason and you’re about to find out?
I’m pretty sure I will lose my dignity. And I don’t know if someone will care. And I probably will not wake up tomorrow from this nightmare. But it’s okay… It’s okay.
© Michelle Routhieaux 2010