Celebrity, inspiration, Music

A girl with a dream

This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me

Throw your sticks and stones

Throw your bombs and your blows

But you’re not gonna break my soul

This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me

– Katy Perry

When I was writing the draft of my MS (I don’t like to call it a novel until it’s published) Sticks & Stones, Katy Perry released her single Part of Me. I immediately heard the title of my MS in the song and realised the message of the song fit the theme of my story. In fact, it could have be an anthem for my main character. It was the first of several songs I heard while I was writing that had the lyric “sticks and stones” in it. At the time, I noted on Facebook that I hoped this was a good sign. We shall wait and see whether it was πŸ™‚

At the weekend, I watched Katy’s film Part of Me – part documentary and part concert DVD. I would have called myself a mild fan of Ms Perry but actually I have both her albums so I may have been deluding myself. After watching the film, I’m fully on board with her. I found it hugely inspiring to watch her journey. When she started out, she struggled to be heard in the music industry – record labels wanted her to Β sing what they wanted her to sing but she stuck to her vision, she wanted to be herself and five years of hard work paid off when her first single was finally released and went huge.

For anyone who has a dream in life then listening to her story will definitely help you. Her manager notes that when things were hard, when she had no money and no record deal, he didn’t give up because Katy didn’t give up. There have been moments I’m sure for anyone working to make it when you consider giving up. When you face rejection you want to crawl away and hide. I’ve sat in front of my computer and thought wow my writing sucks, why am I doing this? But I knew I loved what I was doing and wanted to carry on doing it. I don’t know if my writing dream will come true but I’m glad I didn’t give up when I wanted to because I’ve already come further on my journey than I thought I ever could.

Even if you’re not a fan of Katy Perry, her success has been amazing. And when she started out she was just a girl with a dream.

Do stories like this help you to follow your dreams?



22 thoughts on “A girl with a dream”

  1. I think that having dreams and ambitions is fantastic. It gives you something to work towards, and it’s not something you can just achieve overnight. On those days where it just seems impossible, it’s good to realise that everyone who has achieved something worth having has had to work bloody hard for it (unless they were exceptionally lucky). We might not be the next Katy Perry, but we’ll get nowhere at all if we don’t keep going! πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve heard other people speak very highly of Katy Perry’s documentary. I love her song Wide Awake. Kudos to her for staying true to herself. She’s had a long journey already in life and love, and it sounds like she’s taking the lessons she learned and really focusing on her music. I think that’s great. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the DVD, I may be adding this to my list to see now!

  3. Hell yeah! It’s only now that I realised that my writing is just too precious to throw away. I no longer crave to be famous, I just want people to read and appreciate my musings. Hence my relaunch. πŸ™‚

  4. I love how no matter where we come from, or what our dreams are, our journeys are all so similar. (: I also FREAKING LOVE how she stayed true to herself. We all have something special in us that nobody else in the world has, and it’s great to see someone who doesn’t let anyone try to change that. Go Katy!

  5. I loved this documentary too. I’ve always been a fan of Katy Perry but even more so after learning more about her life. Really inspiring story and my daughter and I both enjoyed it. The song Part of Me is awesome and that’s cool that you found a connection with your MS. I’d take it as a good sign too πŸ™‚

  6. There’s no doubt about it that I’m easily inspired. I haven’t seen this movie but really want to! I agree that if you try hard and believe in something, your dream will come true. Great post! πŸ™‚

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