I saw Les Miserable this weekend. The movie stuck closely to the storyline I remember and I enjoyed it. I knew watching it again and hearing the music would stir up some memories.
There are two songs in particular that had a profound impact on me many years ago:
I can still see the terrified, young girl who felt completely trapped by all of the wrong turns she stubbornly took along the road. She sat on the Metro one morning and listened to music on her portable CD player as she headed to work in Washington, DC. She turned her face toward the window and let the tears run down her cheek.
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high,
And life worth living…
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seems…
And, I can see that same girl who, one day, made a decision to look fear in the face and not run away. This taste of freedom came in the form of a 60 mile (3 day) charity walk for breast cancer. She trained for the walk on the weekend and would listen to her portable CD player to pass the hours. When her legs grew tired of walking, she gained strength from the voices singing hope into her ears…
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
As she crossed the finish line, something beautiful took place inside this girl…paralyzed courage could suddenly wiggle its toes again! A glimmer of hope began to shine.
Better decisions could be made.
Braver choices were possible.
Freedom was waiting.