Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'
by Joe Strechay
I'm not sure how many of you bought Lady Gaga's new album; it just came out a couple weeks ago. Well, I did. A few of the songs offer positive messages, but one in particular stands out. I'm sure you've already heard this song on the radio or seen the video on TV: "Born This Way" (which is also the album's title) has quickly become an anthem for all who are proud of who they are.
I think this message needs to be embraced by those with visual impairments (or any disability). Lady Gaga didn't write the song alone, but she definitely delivers it amazingly. Simply put, she represents being who you are.
I am not saying that those with a disability aren't proud of who they are, but it doesn't hurt to shout it out. This song makes me think about being proud of who I am, and that includes my visual impairment.
Being visually impaired is not the end-all of what I am, but just a part of who I am. Take the time to think about who you are and be proud to be you! "Born This Way" is about self-acceptance and self-pride. It really is a mantra for being who you are and being true to yourself.
I encourage everyone to check the song out — here's a brief excerpt of the lyrics:
Don't hide yourself in regret / Just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby / I was born this way*
I am proud to be a person with visual impairment; I am proud to work at AFB; and most of all, I am proud to be who I am! I want to thank Lady Gaga for delivering this message. I believe it's an idea everyone with disabilities or obstacles should embrace.
*Paul Blair, Fernando Garibay, Stefani Germanotta, Jeppe Breum Laursen, Born This Way, Born This Way, BMI Repetoire.
- Arts and Leisure
Re: Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'Posted by 505634 on 6/16/2011 at 2:18 PM
Lady Gaga is not really my music but I looked at the lyrics after reading this and it is truly some wonderful lyrics. "Baby I was born this way"
Re: Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'Posted by Joe Strechay on 6/16/2011 at 3:21 PM
Thank you for the comment. Yeah, you can check out some of her other songs like, "Free As My Hair." Something like that -- but it speaks about being who you are as well. Her music definitely promotes being true to yourself. I think we all need to be reminded about that. We all make compromises. But, "Born This Way" has great lyrics, like you said.
Thanks for reading!
Re: Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'Posted by sstrechay on 6/16/2011 at 4:40 PM
You are never too old to be reminded of this message! We all need to celebrate who and what we are, and make the most of our talents. thanks for the reminder!
Re: Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'Posted by Joe Strechay on 6/20/2011 at 1:40 PM
It seems that Lady Gaga's grandma is visually impaired. I was forwarded a link to an article from 2009 about this. Vision loss touches us all!
Re: Inspiration from a Pop Star: Lady Gaga's 'Born this Way'Posted by enuviague on 8/27/2011 at 1:39 PM
When I was losing my vision, I wore my visual loss as a badge of shame. Now I wear it as a badge of pride. Thanks for reminding us of this, Joe.
Incidentally, I oved her first CD, liked the second, but do not like this one. I'm into Katy Perry and Kesha more these days.
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