Higher | Music Monday

We’re two months into 2022, Sturdy Readers.  Are you making progress toward your goals?  Are you making time and space for your beautiful self to unfold?  I hope your answers were, Yes! but even if they weren’t, today I have a song that is sure to get you moving forward.  I found it last summer while I was going through a rough patch, and it felt like a gift from the universe.  Bishop Briggs will have you tapping your feet, moving your lymph around, and dreaming bigger than ever before.  In my case, it had me running up and down stairs.  Literally.  I played this song on repeat while I ran around the amphitheater in the park.  Two years and 100 pounds ago, before I knew the word lipedema, I struggled to do one flight at any speed.

In just over three minutes, the video for Higher sums up my lipedema journey.  It grabs me early on at, “I will go screaming out my pain into the night” and that’s when we realize Bishop is at the bottom of a hill.  The beat picks up as she starts running up it and, like me on the stairs, she puts her head down and pumps her arms harder as she digs deeper. Bring it on, lipedema I say to myself in those moments.

Higher, your love has set me free
Now nothing’s out of reach
Higher, I’m stronger now I’m free
I’m who I want to be
This ain’t no give or take
I’ve learned from my mistakes
I’m so much stronger now

Bishop Briggs, “Higher”

Proving she’s a true boss, Bishop is neither out of breath nor sweaty when she finally gets to the top.  She’s confident and in touch with her power – and you can be too, Sturdy Reader. 

Your power is you.  The love that will set you free is your love.  The strength that will carry you up the hill that is a diagnosis is in those lipedema legs.  Think of it like the beautiful scene in Kung Fu Panda when Po realizes the secret ingredient is… nothing.  You are your own secret self-care and self-love weapon.  Vibration plates, pumps, and bio-hacks will help your symptoms but only if you do them.  Your body can only be free, strong, and beautiful when you love it.

Press play on Higher and make a decision here and now to set yourself free to climb higher.  Free from body shame.  Free from blame or judgement.  Free to feel beautiful. Only you can climb this hill, Sturdy Readers, but you already have everything you need, especially with Higher playing in the background.

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