I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows.

I love Whitney Houston. She’s another one of my favourite artists. Her music allows me to unwind and think. I often listen to her music when I’m in my chair, writing or thinking or unwinding, with a hot cup of tea and nothing else. In the winter I love to sit there in candlelight or with my lamp on, and nothing else, listening to music in general but usually Whitney’s Music. One of my all time favourites and a song that i was reminded of by a friend of mine (She will know who she is :D) after serenading us with this song. The words are so relatable and the vocals are so powerful and often leave me with goosebumps. As do most of her songs, songs I’m sure will end up being posted here shortly!

My favourite part of the song is;

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

Basically the whole chorus. However when you dissect the lines. ‘Learning to Love yourself is the greatest love of all’. This hit me, especially when I was still wary of people knowing my sexuality. I had to learn to love myself, and now that I have, that line has a new meaning for me.

‘I decided long ago, never to walk in anyones shadows’. This is another line that hits me deeply. I have always wanted to carve out my own destiny and achieve my dreams, and I feel, everyday, gets a little closer, even though life throws a lot of crap and debris into your face to try and stop you. Trust me, it has almost stopped me at times. However its when I listen to songs like this, and some of the others I have shared in the past, help me build that motivation to go on and achieve what I want to achieve.

Greatest Love of All

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

Writer(s): Gerald Goldstein, Michael William Masser, Masser Michael, Creed Linda

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