This is the conversation I had with my myself the first time I heard Wildflowers by Tom Petty:

 

Him: You belong among the wildflowers

Me: Oh, I love that. Yes!

Him: You belong in a boat out at sea

Me: Yeah, like, on really calm, shimmering waters with the sun high in the sky.

Him: Sail away, kill off the hours

Me: Yes, that sounds wonderful.

Him: You belong somewhere you feel free

Me: Oh, my goddess. I Do! {tears} Thank you!

 

Him: Run away, find you a lover

Me: Okay, that sounds lovely.

Him: Go away somewhere all bright and new

Me: Ooh, yes. {heart soaring}

Him: I have seen no other… Who compares to you

Me: My heart. {water gushing out of my eyes as I sway in my kitchen, smiling}

 

Him: You belong among the wildflowers

Me: I do. I can feel it. My heart says so!

Him: You belong in a boat out a sea

Me: Yes, on those lovely waters.

Him: You belong with your love on your arm

Me: Someone who’s kind and gentle…

Him: You belong somewhere you feel free

Me: I really, really do. Thank you.

 

Him: Run away, go find a lover

Me: Oh, the word “lover” sounds so sweet…

Him: Run away, let your heart be your guide

Me: {crying} {crying} {crying}… Okay {sob}, yeah. My heart loves this song.

Him: You deserve the deepest of cover

Me: {not quite wailing while I hold my hands over my heart and cry over the sink}

Him: You belong in that home by and by

Me: {still crying} I do… I really do.

 

Him: You belong among the wildflowers

Me: I love wildflowers so much. This song is so FOR me. My heart…

Him: You belong somewhere close to me

Me: Yes, Jessica, you belong close to me.

Him:Far away from your trouble and worries

Me: Oh, I can’t think of a farther place than a field of wildflowers…

 

Him: You belong somewhere you feel free.

You belong somewhere you feel free.

 

{music slowly fades out as I wipe the tears off my face}

 

Chills. Tears. Heart-bursting. Resounding truth. Thank you. Thank you.

Here’s a link to Wildflowers on Spotify and iTunes. Listen with your heart and let it be your guide.

And if you’re up for it, I highly recommend the whole Wildflowers album. Every song feels like a call to freedom.

You belong somewhere you feel free… surrounded by beauty, with peace in your heart, and your love on your arm: You.

xo – Jessica

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