Thought I would share a version of therapy for me… Music. I cannot survive without music. At the moment I’m mostly listening to Cardi B- stripper turned rap artist. If you haven’t heard “Invasion of Privacy” yet, get your bum on Spotify for a quick listen.
Cardi B’s Album dropped recently and I cannot get enough! It’s on repeat on my daily commute. I adore her honesty and vulnerability that she shares on the album. Especially the track “Be Careful”. I’m sure every female can relate to lyrics from some point in their lives… whether being cheated on, or pushed to the side when all they did was care too much…
I was here before all of this
Guess you actin’ out now, you got an audience
Tell me where your mind is, drop a pin, what’s the coordinates?
You might have a fortune, but you lose me, you still gon’ be misfortunate, n****
Tell me, this love’s got you this f*****d up in the head
You want some random bitch up in your bed?
She don’t even know your middle name, watch her ’cause she might steal your chain
You don’t want someone who loves you instead? I guess not though
It’s blatant disrespect, you nothin’ like the n**** I met
Talk to me crazy and you quick to forget
You even got me trippin’, you got me lookin’ in the mirror different
Thinkin’ I’m flawed because you inconsistent
Between a rock and a hard place, the mud and the dirt
It’s gon’ hurt me to hate you, but lovin’ you’s worse
It all stops so abrupt, we start switchin’ it up
Teach me to be like you so I can not give a f***
Free to mess with someone else, I wish these feelings could melt
‘Cause you don’t care about a thing except your mothaf***in’ self
You make me sick, n****
Not only do we see and hear her vulnerable side, we also come across some powerful lyrics in “I Do”. All about taking back her power.
Dress me down in that Raf, Saint Laurent jacket
Dapper, dapper, I look fine and my checks defined
No wonder, wonder why I do whatever I like
In “Best Life” it’s all about a focus on herself and being unstoppable.
I’m gigglin’, can’t let the devil have the last laugh
Ain’t no more beefin’, I’m just keepin’ to myself
I’m my own competition, I’m competin’ with myself (brrr)
I think we can all learn something from Cardi B’s album in how to tackle our Lymphoedema. Don’t give up on what you want. Keep powering through the struggles. Keep moving forward no matter how difficult it might seem. There is something better waiting for you. Her album is about taking your future into your hands, doing what needs to be done for you to be the best you can. There’s always sunshine after rain. Remember, a wise lady (Vern) said “I have Lymphoedema, it doesn’t have me.”
I must admit… I wanted to hate it but it’s just too catchy. I’m hooked on her. This is definitely my summer soundtrack! Don’t believe me… take a listen to her song “I like it”. Just add the Barcadi and pineapple while listening for the full summer feeling even when it’s drab outside!
Lots of Love
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