• Jill O. Patrick

Beautiful Blackbird

Over the years I have had issues with my confidence and self-esteem. As a teen I was bullied in middle school and high school as well. During that time period and even now, some decades later, I still haven't been able to understand what I had done to give another person the opinion they could push me around.

In middle school, I can remember being chased home and made to feel bad about myself. I thought that I was a good person, and I don't recall doing much to bring unnecessary attention to myself.

As I've gotten older, I've had opportunities to meet some really great people who didn't judge me on how I spoke, what I wore or how I looked. Over time, I began to see myself in a new light.

Through my faith and belief, I now realize that it's not what other people say about you, it's what you say to yourself. As I've matured and become an adult, I am better able to embrace all of the characteristics that make me the person that I am.

I like my positive outlook on life. I like many of the choices I've made. I enjoy living life to its fullest. I've been blessed to be fearfully and wonderfully made. A few months ago I began a new group called ART WITH FRIENDS. The women who have attended have been amazing. We not only discuss art, we have meaningful conversations and fellowship with sprinkles of laughter and snacks in between.

Currently I am enrolled in an on-line course Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners. As a part of the course, we’ve been asked to come up with a name for our blog and podcast, and I was stumped. I even asked a co-worker to help me out. It would be my Sister, Katrina, that would feel my slight pain and together we threw out a couple suggestions and then I suggested Beautiful Blackbird. For no particular reason, other than we could feel it. I could feel it like a comfortable sweater or coat. I felt a connection to the way it sounded. I felt a connection to how I feel about me. To top it off, my Sister then shared the Beatles song Blackbird with me. I was hooked. The story behind the lyrics are strong and meaningful and the lyrics go like this: Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise You were only waiting for this moment to arise You were only waiting for this moment to arise Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Blackbird lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

Yes, Beautiful Blackbird, that’s me!!! Beautiful too! Yes, that’s you!!!

Take good care of yourself!


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