5 Life Lessons From Kelly Clarkson

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As a fellow Fort Worth girl, I was rooting for Kelly Clarkson the whole way through that first season of “American Idol.” After she won, the then 21-year-old artist went on to launch an amazingly successful singing career — and I’ve been following it since the beginning.

Her powerful songs often touch on strength, independence and finding happiness and, over the years, I’ve learned so many things from her inspirational lyrics.

5 Life Lessons From Kelly Clarkson:

1. Follow Your Dreams

I have fond memories of my daughters belting out “Breakaway” while strapped into their car seats in the back of my SUV over a decade ago. The message still resonates every time I hear the song.

I’ll spread my wings, and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

2. Be a fighter

Life will knock all of us down at some point. In “Stronger,” Kelly reminds us that all life’s challenges just serve to make us stronger people. Don’t give up!

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

3. Nobody’s Perfect

We all want to be loved for who we are, and no one can be wonderful or perfect all the time. In “Dark Side,” Kelly sings about being loved for all her good and bad qualities.

Everybody’s got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody’s a picture perfect
But we’re worth it

4. Have an “Invincible” attitude

I love the line, “Teacher, I feel the dots connecting.” By facing her weaknesses, she learns to be strong. This songs encourages us all to be a “warrior, a shooting star.”

5. Cherish what’s special

“A Moment Like This” was Kelly’s first hit. The song focuses on being grateful for the truly amazing times in life. Whether it’s a first kiss, a wedding kiss, or the kiss of your newborn baby, take a moment to realize how special it is.

A moment like this
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this
Some people search forever for that one special kiss
Oh, I can’t believe it’s happening to me
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this