AS much as you want people to be around when you hit the weakest point in life, sooner or later the realisation will set in. There is no one besides you to pick up the pieces and move on.
And that bit, that moving on, has to be done with your own strength and maturity in the belief that you have what it takes to conquer even the most difficult of situations.
As such, Fijian sensational young female artiste, Elena Baravilala released her latest single titled “You Got You” last year. It was also the first time she wrote a song based on her vulnerability and weakest point in life.
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“So it was a song that came out last year while I was going through certain circumstances.
“Being in the public eye, you are always expected to be inspirational and motivational and there is like a consistent pressure from the public on you all the time,” Elena shared. “You have to be a certain person to always be the one providing the strength so a lot of the time people can carry on with your strength but they can’t carry your weakness.
“So at that very moment when you are looking for someone to carry both — your strengths and weaknesses — there was no one there and the only thing I had was the gift of music.”
Elena said not only did the gift of music heal, it also brought strength and hope to people.
This song, she said, was very meaningful in the sense that when things had fallen apart you don’t know where to start, the only person there to help was you in order to start all over again.
Because of what she went through last year, it only took her three hours to write the song with the main message that people need to learn, and in a manner of speaking breathe on their own, because sometimes when you try and lean on others, they are not there to support you in your time of need.
“You have come to a mature stage of life where you do things yourself and You Got You is about finding that strength and hope in you.
“At your weakest point, people begin to perceive you wrongly and when you realise it, it weakens you but it’s at that point when you have to decide if you are going to look at yourself the same way others have looked at you or will you choose to see yourself differently.
“I started picking up the pieces myself ’cause nobody was coming to pick it up for me.”
And if some think she is sorry for having had to go through that, then they’re very wrong because as the songstress put it: “I am extremely grateful for the process ’cause you go through the pit to get to the palace.”
As much as the song in itself touched Elena, she has gotten feedback from people who wrote to her to say that in doing what she did, she had just written their life story.
By Siteri Sauvakacolo
The Fiji Times, Sunday, March 27, 2016