Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kady's Climb

My daughter, Kady, was one of those people for whom music was something you listened to because someone else happened to be enjoying it or her cheer routine required it. She never asked for or owned a cd or radio until she was in a serious relationship with a d.j., of all things! After Kady was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had the opportunity to attend a weekend retreat hosted by Women Rock for the Cure. One of the unexpected highlights for her became the privilege of hearing The Climb performed by its co-creator, Jessi Alexander. She came back from that retreat profoundly moved in ways that only another cancer fighter could fully grasp. To say that the combination of camaraderie, music and mischievous fun was life-changing for her is an understatement. Her excitement and enthusiasm while telling me about the weekend was like having my giddy teenage girl back, even if for a moment. 
 
Because she was so moved by The Climb I began listening to it intently, hoping to connect to it as she had, but it wasn't speaking to me in any meaningful way. Truth be told, the first time I really  listened to the lyrics I took exception to the words, "Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side" because, as a seasoned Christian woman who thought her faith and walk with the Lord was far superior to my own child's, I thought it's ALL about what's there waiting for us on the other side and actually took offense at the implication. Kady helped my narrow-minded thinking with that, though. She said, "Mom, what's waiting on the other side is mine no matter what. The life I've been given and the choices I make with it is my climb and the only part of me that will be remembered and last." In that one conversation, my precious daughter taught me a valuable life lesson about not judging anyone else's walk with the Lord. Just because it doesn't look like mine doesn't mean it's not meaningful or impactful.
 
Your climb was beautiful, my sweet girl, and the impact of your life will be remembered and celebrated. The Climb was beautifully performed at Kady's Celebration of Life service by her talented friend, Jenny Weaver. 

"The Climb"

I can almost see it.
That dream I'm dreaming, but
There's a voice inside my head saying
You'll never reach it
Every step I'm takin'
Every move I make
Feels lost with no direction,
My faith is shakin'
But I, I gotta keep tryin'
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it, but
These are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin',
And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, 'cause

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

Yeah

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

Yeah, yeah yeah

Keep on movin'
Keep climbin'
Keep the faith baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa, whoa, oh.
 

1 comments:

  1. Isn't it an amazing, special blessing when our daughters teach us! Kailen taught me so many lessons throughout her life and I loved reading about one of your Kady lessons. Thank you for sharing about your sweet girl. I would love to have known her in this life and look forward to meeting her in the next. Blessings to you, my friend.

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