Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

What is your way in 2016?

My 14-year-old shared the song Not your Way by MisterWives with me today. I’ll include the lyrics below, but basically it’s a song about wanting to define oneself rather than have society tell you what you should be. We had just watched the movie A League of their Own, and so the idea of girls and women developing their own strengths in spite of cultural traditions was on my daughter’s mind.

As we get ready to begin this new year, I wonder, what will your way be? What will mine? In the choices we have, let’s choose opportunities to use our strengths, to love, to look for purpose in our everyday lives. And when new opportunities present themselves, let’s not be afraid to take a chance, to try something new, to walk through a new door.

One of my favorite songs in Natasha Bedlington’s Unwritten. One of the lines that resonates with me says, “No one else can speak the words on your lips. Drench yourself in words unspoken, live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”

As we begin a new year, what will your way be? What words will you speak? It is my hope that we can all live our lives with our arms wide open, seeking out the chance to use our strengths to make the world a better place, to share love, life, and light with those whose lives we touch, to take a chance to be our best selves.

 

“Not Your Way”

Over being told to be undressed to look our best
Everywhere my eyes go, our figure is less, voice suppressed
But look how very far we have come
Cast a vote, wear pants and prop up a gun

No, it’s not your way, not your way
Not going to obey, to obey
This is my body, body
And you don’t have a say, have a say

This is my own life, own life
Not growing up to be a trophy wife
So don’t parade us ’round, ’round we go
In your twisted world and I’m saying no, no
No, it’s not your way, not your way
No no no no, no no no

Lower and lower our standards go as your money grows
Fill us up with plastic and cut us up and tie a bow
But look how very far we have come
Strip us of our width, disguise it like we have won

No, it’s not your way, not your way
Not going to obey, to obey
This is my body, body
And you don’t have a say, have a say

This is my own life, own life
Not growing up to be a trophy wife
So don’t parade us ’round, ’round we go
In your twisted world, and I’m saying no, no
No, it’s not your way, not your way
No no no no, no no no

Are we making ourselves clear?
We’re all the same under here
This is my disposition
Apologies for breaking your traditions
It takes two to tango
And we’re saying…(two, three!)

It’s not your way, not your way
Not going to obey, to obey
This is my body, body
And you don’t have a say, have a say

This is my own life, own life
Not growing up to be the trophy wife
So don’t parade us ’round, ’round we go
In your twisted world, and I’m saying no, no
No, it’s not your way, not your way
No no no no, no no no

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