Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Let it be

Dear Stevie,
When I was in Puerto Rico with the girls a few weeks ago, I got a new tattoo. I feel kind of like a big hypocrite now, after all the whining I've done in my last couple posts, but here's what I got done:


I've mentioned before that 'Let it Be' by the Beatles is my favorite song. I loved it long before you came along; since I was a little girl actually. When Dad and I put together our 'Stevie's Mix' playlist, the one I'd play for you every day while you were in my belly, this is one of the few song choices we both agreed just had to be included.

Since you died, the song has taken on so much more meaning for me. In the days and weeks following your death, I literally had it on repeat. For this overly-rational, needs-to-know-why, believes-she-can-fix everything-kind-of-girl, 'let it be' was (and is) such an important message to hear. Let it be. Basic, but so powerful. Simple, but so hard to do.

Now today, over a year later, these three little words continue to speak to me. When I'm feeling anxious about the future...let it be. When I drive myself crazy thinking about all that could have been...let it be. When I'm feeling especially happy...let it be. When I'm feeling especially sad...let it be.

And then there's my favorite part in the song, which goes :

"And when the night is cloudy, 
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be."

Thank you, Carly!

As bad as it seems, as hard as it gets, we can't forget about that sliver of light, of hope, that always remains. 


Love you, baby.

Xoxo,
Mom

12 comments:

LauraJane said...

I love the font you chose, and of course the meaning behind it.

Mary said...

Love it! Just beautiful Kristin!

Deanna said...

beautiful!!

Kelley and Chris said...

I love this post Kristin...and your tattoo is beautiful! Always thinking of you...

Erin said...

Wow!! i guess I never Really LISTENED to the lyrics...it is amazing how songs we always loved took on completely new meaning after our losses!!

Beryl said...

love love love.

MamaE said...

It's my favorite song too and one that has spoken to me for ages - also long before my loss. I have some handmade pottery with the lyrics painted on - wrapping around in a spiral. Love it!

Emily said...

I love this saying too. It's not about changing, or raging or fighting against what is happening to you...it's about learning to live with it, let go and be content in the moment. So much of what happens in life is beyond our control, especially loss, and if you can learn from it, grow from it, and just 'be' with it, you are probably better for it. At least that's what I take away from it. Sort of like my other favourite: This too shall pass. You should get that one on your right side ;-) How very zen.

Missy said...

Oh the Beatles. Everything good and wise they made into a song. It is beautiful Kristin. Thank you for sharing~

Dana said...

I love that song too, and I love the words "Let it be". I find it brings me a sense of peace. There is nothing I can do about the situation I'm in, so I should just let it be and go with it. It's the only choice we have. I love your tattoo.

The Griegers said...

love it <3

Deanna said...

It's perfect. Love it so so much!

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