I can’t get enough of Demi Lovato’s song, “Tell Me You Love Me”. In an age where music is available at the swipe of a finger on our phones, I could count on one hand how many times I’ve gone to the store to buy a CD. The first time I heard this song was when I was on a run. I heard it a few times after that in my car and each time I heard it I was able to sing a few more words. I’ve always been a fan of cranking the music up in my car when a song gives me all the feels and so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this CD so I could do just that in my van.
I’m happy to report that I got the CD and did in fact crank it up. When I realized my van was shaking from how loud I had the music up I looked out the window to my right and saw an older man staring at me as I was mid scream into her words, “…on days like this I do! On days like this! Oh tell me you love me, I need someone on days like this I do…on days like this!” The poor guy. I’m not sure if he knew whether to laugh or look away at my very candid moment. I’ll just carry on, I thought. So off I went in my minivan on my way to pick up my little one at preschool.
On a day when I was feeling less than, defeated, and incredibly sad about some heavy things going on in my life I turned to the music and let Demi’s words cover me in all the good feels. I matched each word with each hard thing on my heart and pushed through the negative thoughts taking up space in my head that had no business being there. That’s it. This song is going on repeat, I thought. I feel way too good when I sing this…do I really have to get out of the car?
I pulled up to the curb and parked my van with a little more attitude than when I’d left my garage. I had a new bounce in my step and I was ready to conquer the world. As I walked into the school, Demi’s lyrics danced throughout my head and I’m pretty sure I smiled at everyone I saw on my way to my daughter’s classroom. You know those people you see who just look so happy? Yeah, that was me on that day. I felt stronger with each step I took and started prioritizing and compartmentalizing each life item that had previously weighed me down.
There’s nothing quite like listening to a song that makes you feel so good during a time when you feel so bad. “Tell me you love me” won’t always be my go-to song but for right now, on days like this, on days like this it is.