Friday Two Cents: I Believe


The January blues, are they real or just something we made up. January is moving along and I for one will be grateful to see it go. I have been a firm believer that the January blues or blahs are real.

A person even calculated that the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year. I am not sure of all the calculations but it has to do with the lack of sunlight, that it is about one month after the Christmas holidays and receiving holiday bills. Yes all those credit card bills start showing up and are requiring a payment. This past Monday was Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year and I can tell you that I think I was a bit affected by this too. Not from my practicum, students or fellow student teachers but maybe the workload and lack of sunlight and sleep. Who knows?

Well I decided I could just wallow in this dark cloud or I could try to lighten my spirits. So I did something I haven’t done in while, play video games while listening to music.  So I played the game with music in the background and a song came on that I haven’t heard in quite sometime. A song that really picked up my spirits and was very relevant to my situation at the moment.  It was “I Believe” the anthem of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

This song is about believing in yourself, even when things seem at its worst. It’s about not giving up and finding the strength to succeed. It’s about not being alone, that there are others to support you.

When I heard this song I remembered the 2010 Winter Olympics where Canadians came together and supported our athletes and they received a record 14 gold medals, something no nation has ever done. I thought about the struggles of these athletes and I was thinking about my own struggles of trying to achieve my goal of being a teacher that, I am not alone in this struggle.  I am with great people working just as hard, more so even, who are also feeling overwhelmed. I am part of a community/team that supports one another to achieve our goals. I thought of all this and I couldn’t help but feel better.

The lyrics are so powerful and so appropriate to what anyone feels when struggling to achieve their goals. So to everyone who feels this way, read these lyrics and know that you are not alone and say with conviction “I Believe!”


“I Believe”


There comes a moment when my heart must stand alone

On this lonely path I’ve chosen

Like a house that’s not a home

Sometimes when I feel I’ve had enough

And I feel like giving up

You willed me to be all I can be

Now nothing can stop me


I believe in the power that comes

From a world brought together as one

I believe together we’ll fly

I believe in the power of you and I


This is the moment we have dreamed of all our lives

We’ll be the change we wish from others

We’ll stand tall for what is right

And in my heart, there’ll be no doubt

The arms of the world will come reaching out

And embrace me to be all I can be

Now nothing can stop me


I believe in the power that comes

From a world brought together as one

I believe together we’ll fly

I believe in the power of you and I


I believe the time is right now

Stand tall and make the world proud

I believe together we’ll fly

I believe in the power of you and I

I believe in the power of you and I


Sung by Nikki Yanofsky


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