Bon Jovi is on their “Because We Can” Tour and I want to go. I have two problems:
- The concert is about 1 hour away and I‘m not sure if I’ll feel like making that drive.
BUT, I’ve wanted to see them for a long time. I know Bon Jovi first became the shiz-nit in the ‘80s. However, I didn’t get into them until 2001. I actually did a piece about how I came to love them on NPR a long time ago.
Long story short, I was in college contemplating if I should do an exchange program to the HBCU Spelman College. I dreamt of being a Spelmanite since I was a little girl. I was accepted to the school but didn’t get enough financial support to attend. I went to UC San Diego instead.
While at UCSD, I learned of an exchange program to Spelman. Some relatives tried to discourage me from applying because they thought I should just stay in San Diego. It would cost too much. What will do with your apartment? You’re doing too much. Blah, blah, blah. You know how people can be about YOUR dreams and goals. But you can’t let others’ fears dictate your life.
I sat in my bedroom contemplating what to do. I was watching MTV and “It’s My Life” came on. Normally I turned the station when I saw the video because I wasn’t into rock back then. And MTV played that video constantly because it was a huge hit at the time. For some reason, I decided to watch the video that day. Those lyrics changed my life. Seriously.
It's my life, it's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
It's my life
My heart is like the open highway
Like Frankie said I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life
Hmmm…”I just wanna live while I’m alive”? The 100-watt light bulb came on. I decided then that I would live for me and go to Spelman for the semester. It was one of the best decisions I made. It was one of the best times I had in college, if not the best.
And so I started listening to Bon Jovi. “It’s My Life” became my pump song. When I need to pump myself up, I play this song. That song kept my spirits up through grad school, unemployment and other personal stuff. It helped keep my faith in myself and see the bigger picture for myself in life.
I also like the band because they talk about real life stuff, like love and overcoming hardships. Their songs have a story. I grew up on hip-hop and still love it, especially stuff from the 1990’s. I’m not feeling the new stuff today. I can only take so many songs about sex, clubbing and money. I can only take so much “bitch this” and “hoe that” lyrics.
Maybe I’ll go solo and check them out in San Jose this spring. I’ve always had this wish to go to a Bon Jovi concert in black leather pants with my afro teased out. LOL I don’t know why I’ve had that fantasy. I guess it’s because I can.
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UPDATE: I grew a pair of eggs and decided to buy my ticket. I'm going to my first Bon Jovi concert!