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There you go-perfect
Annabeth Rickley, above, and PINK
"It's so important for me to remember that I have the power to shift the way I look at myself, and to have a greater idea of my abilities in life."-Annabeth Rickley

by Annabeth Rickley

I remember hearing Pink's first song, "There You Go," and loving the ballsy, edgy, hip-hop vibe. There was this woman calling a man pitiful and she looked so fierce with her bright pink hair and her motorcycle.

I liked the song for all the cliché reasons you'd assume. It was refreshing to see a woman who was both sexy and strong. I know that's more typical now, but give me a break, it was 2000, OK? I was a senior in high school. I felt powerful and tough when I sang that song, so I was really excited to see where this artist was headed.

Her second album had the song "Don't Let Me Get Me," and the lyrics, "Every day I fight a war against the mirror" grabbed my attention. The concept of myself as an enemy and that "I'm a hazard to myself" was profound to me.

The song really illustrated the idea of two people fighting each other, but the two people were both me. I started to think about who I was really fighting, and why I was so toxic to myself sometimes. Pink was singing about the honest things coming up in the not-so-Emily-Post parts of a woman's mind, and how we evaluate ourselves.

In college I started to realize the power I have to shift my own thinking. I control my reaction to what shows up in my life and I can choose to improve my life experience. Life doesn't just happen around me. I am an active participant. If I can bravely look at the real things happening up in that brain of mine, then I can deal with them honestly. Pink's newer song, "F**ckin' Perfect," talks about that same idea: "You're so mean when you talk about yourself. You are wrong. Change the voices in your head. Make them like you instead."

This song is a constant reminder that I have the power to shift my self-image. I don't have to wait for anyone else, and it doesn't cost money!

Pink is a rare artist who sings about how we interact with ourselves. It's so important for me to remember that I have the power to shift the way I look at myself, and to have a greater idea of my abilities in life. I act totally different when I think I'm brilliant, powerful and confident rather than when I think I'm ugly and worthless. The world around me looks different as well. Pink is willing to speak to that. She reminds her audience of their individual power, regardless of what others think, say or do. She is authentic and courageously puts her life to music.

Annabeth Rickley lives in Los Angeles and is a recent graduate of Hamline University.

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