Reflection

I mentioned a little bit ago that I’ve been spending more time in the music world. Having been around music in various forms all of my life, I’ve recently been a little shocked to discover how many songs I’ve missed hearing until now that I wish I’d have heard before. As always, lyrics that speak to ME always become powerful, whether they are happy or sad. This song relates to an article I wrote and gave to my parents on my 40th birthday, as well as a ‘birthday card’ to them to announce that, that year, I was, in a sense, being born again and was going to start living my life as it was meant to be lived. Once you read the lyrics, you’ll get the point I was hoping to make. The song is called “Reflection” and it’s from the Disney animated movie Mulan.

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I’m not meant to play this part
Now I see, that if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family’s heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am, though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show, who I am, inside

How I pray, that a time will come
I can free myself and meet their expectations
On that day, I’ll discover someway to be myself
And to make my family proud

They want a docile lamb
No-one knows who I am
Must there be a secret me
I’m forced to hide
Must I pretend that I am someone else for all time
When will my reflection show, who I am inside
When will my reflection show, who I am inside