The area around your heart is a terrible place to put a wall.
No one can get in and you can’t get out. Ego and fear. Pain and pride. Companies notorious for building strong walls.
I am no exception. Neither are you, I’m sure. I enjoy being vulnerable on stage, I feel oddly safe and comfortable in my skin. Offstage, my shields are up. Sometimes it can take a lot of pushing to break through.
“Don’t Stop” is about breaking through.
I think many of us wall builders are looking for someone to shatter that barrier; to understand us completely and breathe safety into our lungs so that we no longer have to wear this armor around.
When writing “Don’t Stop,” I kept thinking about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I kept imaging this person using your body and giving it life. Exposing you to a world in full color that was once blurry and black and white. Maybe even returning your innocence back to you.
Of course, one does not have to go to a mechanic to repair a car. We are all capable of our own repair.
Empathy to those who hurt you is a good place to start. Unloading the burden of those you have hurt is another. Forgive yourself, forgive others. Help someone help you dismantle your wall.
I’m sure there’s a Dr. Phil segment about this. Or you could just listen to “Don’t Stop”.