When Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics for Let It Be, nearly fifty years ago, I’m sure he didn’t realize what a lasting impact it would have. Yet, here I am in 2017, writing about how the song has helped me get through some of the most difficult parts of my life.
I’m going to be honest in saying that this past week has been extremely difficult for me. For one reason or another, there has been a dark cloud hovering over my head, a constant and humid presence. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to escape it…
Picture this. I’m running through a dimly lit maze. The only light comes from the flash of lightning strikes, and besides my heavy breathing, all I can hear is the perpetual roar of thunder. With every turn comes horror. Turn to the left, a family member dies. Turn to the right, personal relationships are going down the drain. Keep going straight? Boom – Alopecia is back and stronger than ever. I feel trapped. Scared. Lonely. Anxious.
I feel like I am never going to get out of this cycle. How could it possibly stop? But, then I remember – the light bulb goes off in my brain – oh yes – of course – how could I forget – PAUL MCCARTNEY.
Sir Paul wrote this song about the death of his mother, Mary. He was in so much pain, yet he was able to write a song that, at the time, had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100. He was able to create something that would ultimately be performed in front of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a song that would be a part of honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee!
My point is, use your pain for your benefit. Pull inspiration, hope, art and music from it. Live and love from it.
You can get through this, you can move on, you can let it be.