growth + wellness

I Am Titanium

September 12, 2012

One of my favorite songs out on the radio right now is David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia. Whenever I hear this song I get so hype! I can listen to it ad nauseum and not get tired of it. I love the pop/house beat behind it – it makes me feel like listening to it I can run a half marathon easy. And I HATE running. But it’s the vocals and lyrics that really sell the song for me.

You shout it out, but I can’t hear a word you say
Talking loud not saying much
I’m criticized but all your bullets ricochet
Shoot me down, but I get up
I’m bullet proof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down, but I won’t fall
I am titanum
You shoot me down, but I won’t fall
I am titanum

I love the message of inner strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. After all I went through with my PhD defense (a particularly traumatic experience that caused me to feel a lot of self-doubt and self-pity, which I may explain in more detail one day), this song hits me particularly hard since I know all to well and all to recently what it’s like to feel this way – to claim victory over who or that which tries to take you out. I want to adopt it as my own personal theme song. I’m bulletproof, I won’t fall, I’m titanium!

More than my own internalization of this song, and I know this might sound corny but,  I can’t help but think of the parallels of these lyrics with President Obama and all the criticism he and his administration have received anytime I hear this song. From all that I’ve seen, I think it’s clear that POTUS is as strong as titanium and that he won’t fall when so many people try to shoot him down with their words, accusations, and lies. I pray for his continued strength and his ability to overcome the bullsh*t. (Sidenote: Is it wrong of me to use pray and bullsh*t in the same sentence?).

Anyway… I never knew how strong I was until I was tested in a way that tried to break me down to my most basic elements. It is my hope and prayer that I continue to tap into my inner strength, my inner victor, and stay focused on the tasks and goals in front of me. That I may not allow fear or doubt to keep me from achieving what is mine for the taking. And that whenever I feel a defeatist attitude creeping up to take over, I am reminded that the only person who can truly prevent me from succeeding is me.

Can anyone else feel me on this?

With new found strength,
Gem

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7 Comments

  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. September 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I know this song… I like this song… *Looks around* I actually like a few of David Guetta’s songs.

    I feel you on this though. Whenever I feel the depression creeping up the hill for a piece of ole Wu I play Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good” or Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man”. I actually don’t think having a specific song for a specific mood is all that rate but many probably won’t admit to the fact. Every pimp has to have his own theme music right?

    p.s. I’ve used words a lot more questionable than pray and bullsh*t together in sentences. It’s okay.

    • Reply gemmieboo September 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      LOL! i actually like a few of David Guetta’s songs also! he’s got good stuff.

      i think having a theme song, or a song of the moment you can go to to uplift your spirits, and make you feel like you can do more, do better, do bigger. its an awesome feeling. i have “you can beast this workout” workout music too – same idea.

      lol ive used a lot more questionable words with pray together also – esp during football season 🙂

  • Reply madscientist7 September 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

    this may sound a little cliche but i don’t care. i try to live by the mantra that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. whatever experiences you went through with your defense can only reinforce you to be better. you should always be your biggest proponent because if you don’t believe in you no one else will either.

    nice lyrics. never heard this song. bout to youtube it.

    • Reply gemmieboo September 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      so if i dont believe in me you dont believe in me either?? thats unfortunate 🙁

  • Reply Darrk Gable September 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I can’t say I got a song that gets me back on the right track, but Family Guy sure does. *Flashback* I was real down one day, me and my wife were deciding going thru some serious trials. I can’t ever recall the episode, I think it was the one where Peter had a stroke. Anyway, I flipped the TV to Family Guy, and all the BS I was dealing with mentally and emotionally evaporated. I gotta agree with both these bruhs; pimps need theme music as well as have to believe in themselves.

    Pray and BS in the same sentence? Please, I pray for folks one minute then cuss somebody out a minute later; God working on me though lol

    • Reply gemmieboo September 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      i cant feel you on the Family Guy thing (i dont watch it lol) but sometimes you just need that external “something” that some one else has seemingly hand-crafted to fit your particular need for uplifting.

      Please, I pray for folks one minute then cuss somebody out a minute later; God working on me though lol

      bwahahaha me too! He’s working on us all 🙂

      thanks for commenting!

  • Reply petersburgh December 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The song is a big one if not Guetta’s best songs. The music is sound, lyrics powerful and the fushion of metal, pop and techno influenced tracks built a really great song. Forget about the supposed corniness, if that’s how you feel about it, that’s how you feel about it. Great song, great motivator, great body armour

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