I’ve loved David Guetta’s song Titanium since the first time I heard it on the radio several weeks ago. And today I decided I had to blog about it. Why? Because the lyrics hit so, so close to home for me. And the music (instrumentals by David Guetta, vocals sung beautifully and hauntingly by Sia) is awesome too!
This is my interpretation of the song………
You can speak as loud as you want, but I can’t hear you.
You can criticize me all you want, but all your words just ricochet.
Why? Because I’m bulletproof.
You can try to shoot me down, but I will keep on getting up.
You can fire away at me with your words, but I won’t fall.
Why? Because I’m titanium.
You can cut me down with your mean words, but it’s you who have more to lose.
Why? Because sticks and stones may break my bones and words will never hurt me.
You are just wasting your time, and you will one day look back and realize what you did was wrong.
Oh? And no one likes bullies.
I appreciate the music and David Guetta’s lyrics….but not necessarily the official video. After I watched it a few times, I felt the ending leaves people hanging at the end. Try as I might, I couldn’t feel positive about the ending. What happens to the kid and the SWAT team? The kid in the beginning is in a school setting, coming to after what appears to be a blast in the hallway. When I watched it for the first time, I’m like, okay, was this a kid that was bullied? I realize this video is about inner strength, but the whole supernatural powers theme is a bit of a stretch. With these wonderful lyrics, Guetta could have made it all about bullying and inner strength, teaching youth–at a time that bullying is so much in the spotlight–that you ARE strong and you WON’T let the bully–despite all his attempts to exert dominance–get his jollies by making you feel like crap.
And it’s for that reason that I am posting a link to the YouTube video with the real lyrics rather than the official Titanium video.
Now, looking back at my teenage years, I wish I had had access to these lyrics and the many resources that exist for teenagers today. Teenagers who, as I had blogged about in past posts, struggle with their self esteem, with other kids saying mean things, behaving meanly, isolating, backstabbing, laughing at you, and gossiping. Those days sucked for me. And to those who stumble on this blog post and are in the same boat, please remember that NOT ALL people out there are that way. There are resources to help you deal with what is troubling you.
And just remember, you are MUCH BETTER than they are. You have the ability to be strong. Just like the song lyrics say, you can walk away/ignore them. No matter what they say or do, you will stay strong. Never mind what nasty things others people say. It’s not you, it’s them. They will eventually learn that what they did was wrong.
Those of you who have followed my blog know that I’ve blogged about teenagers being at their most vulnerable emotionally, adjusting to their physical/hormonal changes and having to cope with self esteem issues. Depression rates climb in teen years. For girls, depression means a greater risk for postpartum depression (PPD) down the road. This is so important and I hope one day will be understood by the general population. With understanding will come a reduction in the number of moms suffering from PPD and the stigma associated with maternal mental health issues.