My own sweet 16!
I was not one of those girls that had a sweet 16 or a sweet teenage anything for that matter. To put it charitably, my adolescence was challenged, and of course, it was the late 60’s so the best of circumstances were fairly topsy-turvy.
Flash forward to my future — 2011 and here I am touting the joys of my Saturday gym days where my sweet 16 consists of four rounds of shadow boxing, four rounds of hard work with Lennox Blackmore on the pads, four rounds circling and boxing the double-ended bag, and four rounds to wind things up on the speed bag.
We are talking the perfect morning. Not to mention seeing the likes of Sonya Lamonakis and Belinda Laracuente going through their paces. Inspiring to say the least — not to mention the countless men and women, old and young working their hearts out!
This is all a long way of saying whatever may have brought you down in your life — you have it within your power to reinvent it all to give yourself a sweet life. And really, why not, what have you got to lose except some bad crap that happened so long ago it doesn’t matter anyway. So be a champ to yourself with your own special brand of sweet 16, you deserve nothing less!
Good one! Thanks for the intro to Bettye LaVette. I wasn’t familiar with her. I see Joan Armatrading (and other awesome women) wrote the songs on the “I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise,” album. I absolutely love Armatrading. Thanks for sharing! And Happy Sweet 16. 😉
My husband and I saw Bettye Lavette about five years ago at The Kitchen in TriBeCa. She was amazing and at 60+ was singing better than ever. It was also a treat to see her sing at the pre-inaugural festivities. Thanks for the sweet 16 wishes! 🙂