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I am participating in the Write Tribe Pro Blogger Challenge and the prompt for 27th October is “Put your iPod on shuffle/turn on the radio to your favourite station. Write a post using the song as your prompt”. These days my MP3 player is full or nursery rhymes, so I turned on the radio after what seems like ages and tuned in to my favourite English station. The song playing was one of Kelly Clarkson’s smash hits, “Breakaway”. At first I was really inspired by the lyrics:

 

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly

I’ll do what it takes ’til I touch the sky

And I’ll make a wish

Take a chance

Make a change

And breakaway

 

Out of the darkness and into the sun

But I won’t forget all the ones that I love

I’ll take a risk

Take a chance

Make a change

And breakaway

 

So I was thinking about all the inspirational stories I can write about. But then I listened closely and checked the lyrics online too, and realized that she is talking about breaking away from a small town and exploring the world, specifically the big, bright cities.

 

Grew up in a small town

And when the rain would fall down

I’d just stare out my window

Dreaming of what could be

And if I’d end up happy

I would pray (I would pray)

 

Buildings with a hundred floors

Swinging ’round revolving doors

Maybe I don’t know where they’ll take me

But gotta keep moving on, moving on

Fly away, breakaway

 

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This amused me a little. I am all for exploring the world, but in exactly the opposite way. Having lived in Mumbai (and for a bit in Dubai) all my life, I know all about buildings with a hundred floors and revolving doors. And I, for one, would love to move as far away from them as I can!

 

While Kelly sat by her window dreaming of these tall buildings, I sit by my window looking at these very buildings with their flashing lights and neon hoardings, the street lamps and the smoggy sky; dreaming of what life would be like in a small town where I could look out of my window and actually see the stars instead. A life away from the population, pollution, traffic and rat race of the big city life.

 

Breakaway - Baby & Beyond

 

Oh, what it would be like to live in a country house with a trademark white picket fence and rolling hills and pastures as my backyard! With a garden where I could sip my cup of tea in the morning and gaze at the beautiful clear sky and twinkling stars at night. And from where I can look down at the city below. Where the air would be as fresh as the food we eat. And where I can smile and wave at everyone walking down the street.

 

Isn’t perspective a funny thing? How it makes one person’s despair another person’s paradise!


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  1. Ashwini Dodani said on October 27, 2017 10:45 am:

    “Oh, what it would be like to live in a country house with a trademark white picket fence and rolling hills and pastures as my backyard! With a garden where I could sip my cup of tea in the morning and gaze at the beautiful clear sky and twinkling stars at night.” – This, don’t we all wish for this?

    Sigh, a beautiful piece 🙂

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:59 pm:

      Surprisingly not! Some people dream of living in the big cities. You can see some of them in the comments here itself. I guess the grass is always greened on the other side.

  2. zainab said on October 27, 2017 1:10 pm:

    I would love to stay in a town /city like Dubai..Im not exactly a resident of a ‘country house’ but a small town. And, I couldn’t agree more with the last line 😉

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:58 pm:

      Yes, our experiences and perspectives influence how we dream and how we see the world.

  3. keerthi vydyula said on October 27, 2017 11:47 pm:

    Oh my dream is to stay in a hut surrounded by trees and greenery! I can relate to it when u say “what life would be like in a small town where I could look out of my window and actually see the stars instead!”

  4. Sreedeep said on October 28, 2017 11:11 am:

    Yes, perspective can be totally different. That’s a nice song actually and you can interpret in many ways. Good piece, Mahak.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:56 pm:

      Thank you!

  5. Aesha Shah said on October 29, 2017 1:54 pm:

    Being from Ahmedabad, the hustle-bustle of Mumbai did appeal to me at first but now I also want to just enjoy the peace and calm of a country life.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:55 pm:

      I hope we can make it happen some day!

  6. The Reading Momster said on October 29, 2017 9:05 pm:

    I know what you mean girl. I would totally do anything to have that beautiful country life with a farm and a white picket fence <3

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:53 pm:

      We think alike 😉

  7. Sheethal Susan Jacob said on October 30, 2017 1:14 am:

    It’s my dream to live in NY city atleast for a week. That city mesmerizes me so much, even though I haven’t been there yet. And this post just took me back to that dream.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on October 30, 2017 12:52 pm:

      I hope you can make it come true some day!

  8. Leo said on October 30, 2017 11:13 am:

    I don’t go that close to the lyrics, but there is inspiration if you see it. Like a poem, each of us maybe able to relate to a song in a way that’s very different from the artist’s story! 🙂 I’ll check out the song soon for sure!

  9. SHALINI BAISIWALA said on October 30, 2017 10:25 pm:

    I guess all of us city slickers yearn for the smaller venue with bountiful nature and fresh air. 😉 I love this song as it reminds me of carefree times in my life!