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PROUD

All of my life I have watched you
climbing mountains, chasing dreams
All of my life you gave me everything
but you don’t have to give the world to me

Just say you love me as I am,
say you want me as I am,
say I’m someone in your eyes,
that’s all I want it to be
Oh, just let me go, I know one day if I’m allowed,
if I’m allowed, one day I’ll make you proud

All of your life you’ve taken chances
you’ve broke the rules time after time
All of your life you’ve gone your own way,
so give me this chance, and I’ll go mine

Why can’t you say you love me as I am,
say you want me as I am,
say I’m someone in your eyes,
that’s all I want it to be
Oh, just let me go, I know one day if I’m allowed,
if I’m allowed, one day I’ll make you proud

Oh, one day I’ll make you proud
mmm

And trying to please you now, it’s all I seem to do
I’m holding my dreams down, it’s breaking me in two
I’ve got to be me now ’cause there’s already one of you
I’m on my knees so help me please

Please don’t shoot me down
Though you can’t see it now
Someday I’ll make you proud

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I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying.--

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Beannacht

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

John O'Donohue, Echoes of Memory