It’s my birthday. On our way to school this morning, my daughter played this song for me. (Sung by the lovely Anika Noni Rose.) I welled up.

Not that I want to open a fashionable restaurant in 1920’s New Orleans. But I can relate to mountains, trials and tribulations, and I share Tiana’s dream of building a better future with my own blood, sweat and tears.

So here’s to dreams, hard work, and jazz.



Mama, I don’t have time for dancing
That’s just gonna have to wait a while
Ain’t got time for messing around
And it’s not my style

This old town can slow you down
People taking the easy way
But I know exactly where I’m going
And getting closer, closer, everyday

And I’m almost there, I’m almost there
People down here think I’m crazy but I don’t care
Trials and tribulations have had my share
There ain’t nothing gonna stop me now cause I’m almost there

I remember Daddy told me, fairy tales can come true
You gotta make ’em happen, it all depends on you
So I work real hard each and everyday
Now things for sure are going my way

Just doing what I do
Look out boys I’m coming through

And I’m almost there, I’m almost there
People gonna come here from everywhere
And I’m almost there, I’m almost there

feature photo credit: Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

3 comments on “Almost there (my birthday anthem)

  1. My son remembers the main lesson he got from me during his childhood as follows: “life is hard and then you die” – the point being that like you said, you have had your share of trials and tribulations, you know how hard it is. From there you can fly!

  2. 52 can also be the best time of your life, if you discover your inner core, get to know your true self, not what roles we choose but your true essence and bring that to the table. Before I was ashamed of myself, now I dance like crazy and love life. My special needs nephew goes out in the world, greets everyone, is certain that they want to be his mate, gets angry when they ignore him but has unbound love in his heart and seemingly unlimited capacity to play. I am beginning to find that joy. I love sex and don’t have anyone who shares my values and commitment to justice so I learn to love myself and once in a while a close friend may chose to sleep with me and she tells me she has the best sex of her life. I think it is because I’m free of shame, love life deeply and learn each day to listen to people and appreciate, food, nature, people etc. as my nephew does. I couldn’t have done that even a few years ago because my ego needs always got in the way: was I good enough?Were they pretty enough? Was I earning enough? Were they radical enough etc. Now just be, enjoy what is here right now, if you want to embrace embrace, if we want to fuck then fuck, if you want to love then love. Take 100% responsibility for our choices, our feelings are signals to what is going on both within and externally but they are not who we are. Live here and now it is only time we have and past hurts and disappointments when fully faced have brought us to this point when we can live in this moment with intense joy and gratitude. So happy 52! My intention is to give my whole heart and see what life is offering me today, here right now. 52 and only another 52 years to enjoy it!.

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