Written by contributor writer Gabriella Hoffman
My Story, My Fight
The first time I heard, Fight Song I was at an interesting place in my big city dream. Overwhelmed and feeling alone as I was in over my head in the apartment search in Chicago. Living alone, paying a lot of rent and the thought of moving alone was all-frightening. I continually reminded myself I was living a dream and I did indeed have the explosion in myself to make it happen.
For the first time in my life I felt alone and enduringly independent. In the heat of the Cub’s playoff run, I was apartment hunting between bar hopping with new friends to cheer on the Cubs. These friends became huge supporters of mine during this apartment search. It was a very exciting October to be in the city. As I was looking at apartments several nights a week and constantly checking Zillow to find the “perfect” place the search became disappointing as I was learning the hard way how competitive the Chicago housing market was.
As I thought I had found the “perfect” place; I would get my hopes up, look at my “future apartment” board on Pinterest and have forty-minute phone conversations with my mom to ensure all my thinking was logical. All to get an email the next morning notifying me that the place I thought would be “perfect” was off the market and someone else had got it before I could take the leap and apply.
Through the stress, discouragement and tears I thought why is this process so difficult, I know what location I want to be in, I have a very fulfilling job to pay rent and all decisions were up to me, no roommates to satisfy. I tried so incredibly hard to believe in myself and know that the fight was still left in me.
Now don’t get me wrong, I did that a support system behind me but at some points I was very much alone. Therefore the fight came from within.
Your Story, Your Fight
Fight Song by Rachel Platten gives me astonishingly similar comparison to this point in life. Feeling this insane sense of independence is an invigorating feeling, yet a frightening one but it is sure worth it, and the explosion from within has carried me to this point.
The track’s lyrics are deeply personal — “Take back my life song, prove I’m alright song,” she croons — and that’s not a coincidence.
Igniting the explosion inside yourself to carry you to the next level in your life will bring you insane amount of accomplishment and determination; whether you’re finishing school, in search for a new career or preparing to move across the country, it’s up to you to make it what you want it to be.
Giving these life changes the fight it takes to accomplish them will make them that much more enjoyable when you reach the goal. You too, have a lot of fight left in you. You may feel alone and afraid to continue the fight, but you can and you will create the explosion with yourself.
We each have our own story and our own fight.
Rachel Platten explained in an interview with VH1 back in June that, she wrote this song because she needed to remind herself that she believed in herself.
“Fight Song was inspired by a lot of experiences that were hurting me and that were making me feel like maybe I didn’t have a chance in this industry,” Platten told during her VH1 interview.
Platten clearly overcame this as weeks following the VH1 interview; she was given the chance to have a jam session with Taylor Swift. She made it in the industry.
Do what it takes to make the explosion within you. And don’t be afraid to be vulnerable because as Platten said
“…that’s when you get something great.”
Find your greatness to engine the explosion.
Remember it is your fight, it is your story.