"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Friedrich Nietzsche
It was great hearing this encouraging sentence in Kelly Clarkson’s wonderful song "Stronger” (originally called "What Doesn’t Kill You”). The Nietzsche-inspired chorus, as well as the uplifting melody, caught me just when I needed it, and although, fortunately, it wasn’t the departure of a lover that resonated with me, it turned out to be a significant motivational song for me while running.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone
What doesn't kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn't mean I'm over cause you're gone.
Alexandra Tamposi, Jorgen Elofsson, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin
It is by facing challenges, trying to improve our lives, and pushing beyond our comfort zone that we can feel the satisfaction of achievement. And though we all have moments when we can't see through the fog, this is the strength we can call on in times of trouble, the strength that will help us build up our self-belief in times of future challenge. Whether or not you agree with Nietzsche that "without music, life would be a mistake," music can certainly help our efforts to recalibrate our internal sensors in those muddled times.