(inspired by the song “
Great High Mountain
written by Ralph Stanley and sung by Jack White)
by Sherry Perkins
What is the mountain Jack White sings of in a song called “
the one he desperately longs to climb? The same one he falls down on his knees in
front of and cries out, “Lord, what must I do?” Great
In his song, the mountain could be a representation of life.
(“The higher I got, the harder I climbed.”)
Yes, for some, it could be life in general.
But...what about those of us who think outside the box?
For me, since I’m the only one I can truly speak for, the mountain represents...
expression, creativity, writing, publishing.
You see, I’ve always been a deep thinker, a hard feeler, and I’ve always known that I’m good at something. We’re all good at something.
Am I a good writer? I’d like to think so.
After all, nobody can write exactly like me, nor can I write like others.
I don’t want to. I’m not them, they’re not me.
Furthermore, who is the “sweet voice” he hears from “the top of the mountain?”
Is it God saying “...put your hand in mine?”
Whoever is speaking in his story, God, an angel, the voice gives him courage.
Yet, in my story, the voice is always me. It’s my inner strength when all seems lost and there’s nowhere to go but up. It’s my grit, my guts, my voice urging me higher and higher up my mountain of expression and creativity.
So what, if no one gets it. So what, if my words are too plain for plain people. Who cares if my country slang clouds the meanings? I don’t need your permission or validation to express myself, to climb my great high mountain.
Expression, creativity, writing...inspirations come from everywhere, they come from nowhere. Don’t be afraid to climb your mountain whatever it represents for you.
Because when you reach the top, and you will, it will all have been worth it.
January 27, 2012