September 13, 2011
I Hope You Dance
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder/You get that fill to eat but always keep that hunger/May you never take one single breath for granted/God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.” The first time I ever heard the lyrics of this song was a sunny afternoon in July. I was riding in the car with my mom when it came on the radio, and it has stuck with me since that day. Lee Ann Womack's song, I Hope You Dance, sends a powerful message. Through her words, she displays the desire of never giving up on love, keeping an open mind about life and what it has in store, and taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. “Loving might be a mistake, but its worth making.” A literal translation of this line would be that loving someone might be a mistake in the end, but that doesn’t mean you should cease to put effort into the relationship. Throughout the years, this line has proven to be true to me. During high school, I had a boyfriend of two years and, even though the relationship ended, the memories we made will last forever. I have also found this line to prove powerful when it comes to family and friends. My parents recently got a divorce when my mom found out that my dad had an affair. For over a year, I refused to see or talk to my dad. I called him for the first time the day before I moved to college and met him for lunch. When I saw how sick he looked and how sad he was, I realized that even though he'd done the most horrible thing imaginable, he was sorry and he truly regretted it. That night, I thought of Lee Ann Womack's song, and I thought of this particular line. I knew that loving my dad may be a mistake, but I also knew that he had raised me, given me everything I could ever ask for, and that he loved me no matter what. So I decided to give him another chance to be in my life, and ever since he has been getting involved in the community, exercising,...