Wide Open Spaces

She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes

–Dixie Chicks, 1998


Let’s Get Personal

Little known fact about me: I love country music. Maybe it comes from having grown up in Michigan? Maybe it comes from my mother’s own taste in music and how she enjoyed listening to singers like Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood.

Ever since I was young I can recall singing along to the music of iconic country artists like Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Jessica Andrews, Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw, and of course Dixie Chicks.

One of my favorite reoccurring themes in country music is the desire to assert one’s independence as a young adult and to explore new frontiers on your own. Sara Evans sings about it in “Born to Fly“. LeeAnn Rimes touches on it in “One Way Ticket“. Dixie Chicks cover it beautifully in their breakout single “Wide Open Spaces“.

I’ve long cared for the song but lately when I’ve found myself singing it, the lyrics mean more and resonate deeper within me. The song channels an individual who is adventurous and seeking “To find a dream and a life of their own”.

Coming of Age

Now more than ever, the lyrics of this song reflect where I am in my life. Now more than ever, on the verge of making big adult choices for myself. Taking risks. Trusting my gut.

It’s scary but it’s part of growing up and I’m excited to be finally asserting my independence in sincere, meaningful ways I believe in. I might not be heading out west like the girl in the song or dancing in a wheat field like Dixie Chicks, but I think this song is relatable because everyone encounters their own version of what they’re singing about.

I know I’m probably in the minority with my love for country music but I encourage you to check out the Dixie Chicks link above to listen to the song that inspired this post. What and where are the wide open spaces your heart craves? How are you getting to them?



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