Music can be such a revelation.
Every August 16, we celebrate Queen Madonna’s birthday; she turned 64 on Tuesday.
Just as she redefined music, it’s interesting to watch her age on her own terms, while centering her life, work and philanthropy around her children.
I loved her recent NYC Pride performance (above) – which included her son!
I turned 40 last year and I want to be as energetic, curious and to keep challenging myself, like M does, in my 60s.
The pandemic reminded me that life is short. We have to seize each invitation in this dance of life.
“Let me whisper in your ear
An invitation to the dance of life.”– Madonna, “Celebration”
We all have a platform in life.
M uses music to speak up for women’s and LGBTQ rights and to speak against hypocrisy and injustice.
Writing is my outlet. My platform is microscopic compared to hers – but I believe we can all use our gift to create space on the dance floor for others.
“Don’t want to get to the end of my days
Saying I wasn’t amazed.”Madonna, “Messiah”
As a parent, I celebrate life with and for T.
I embrace life for the ups and downs – and with, and in spite of, the cards we are dealt.
M has said she’s not the best singer and dancer, but she maximized her deck of cards to succeed and to bounce back from setbacks and criticism.
The hubby and I seek to guide T to achieve his potential with the cards he’s dealt.
Legend has it M first arrived at New York City with only $35 in her pockets.
Life is about opening ourselves up to surprises.
Like taking a weekend roadtrip to NYC (above) to catch M’s awe-inspiring Confessions Tour in 2006.
Or in 2011, thanks to a friend, I sat unplanned a few seats away from M at the premiere of her directorial debut, “W.E.,” at the Toronto International Film Festival (below).
Life is not about the destination – we all end up at the same final finish line, celebrity or not! – it’s about the journey.
So we might as well dance along the way.
As M sang in the opening of her Rebel Heart Tour in 2015 – the last concert we attended (below), six months before T entered our lives: “Never let the fire inside you leave…”
Music can indeed be such a revelation.
M’s music showed me why we should always be inspired.
T continues to teach me that life itself is the greatest inspiration.