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  • Fatima Morken

Updated: Aug 30, 2019


Wardrobe: La Cotonnière

Photographer: Mariel McHugh


Well, let’s see. The thought came to me as I sang Céline Dion’s “If That’s What It Takes” in French. A totally different title in the singer‘s native tongue, by the way (“Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore”).


“Je ne suis pas comme les autres, oh, non, non, non, ” I sang. This phrase translates to, “I am not like the others, oh, no, no, no”.


Exactly. I. Am. Not. Like. The. Others. And neither are you.


Your timing and mine aren’t identical. Your background and mine aren’t the same. Why should either one of us impose our agenda on each other?


Do I really have to live life on the fast lane?! Can I please take my time and process the beauty of progress?! Or am I not reaching the so-said milestones in life quickly enough?! Can I breathe?!


I got tired of being a workaholic all of my life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a go-getter. I still make decisions firmly and efficiently, but I’m finally at peace embracing the idea of knowing I am slowly, but surely reaching my objectives at my own pace.


My goals. Not anyone else’s. Finally performing for me. Not the world.


I love the people who genuinely care for me, but I have gotten to the point of my life (and should have a long time ago) where I do things on my timetable. I operate as I can and am inspired to– not on orders; not to others’ expectations.


It‘s your life and mine. What will you do with yours? Are you like the others?


Do you want to be tossed back and forth and never accomplish anything?


What‘s to become of your real dreams? Not jokes or ideas– what you really want (above all things)?


If you make mistakes, recognize them, correct yourself and move on.


Move on like the wind. Be free. Be you.


You are the most important person in your life.


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  • Fatima Morken

Updated: Apr 25, 2019



Photo Credit: MASOH


There is something lovely about quiet time. It’s quite revelatory of our true hearts and intentions.


I find it rewarding to comfortably contemplate my core. My character.


Self-development is optimally beneficial for the advancement our existence, don’t you think?


Songwriting is my way of poetically expressing my considerations. Lyrics and vocal melodies flow directly from my head to my pen.


On this occasion, I was absorbing the tranquility of outdoor nature. Immediately, a song of my own came to me. A recollection of ideas and conclusions– delivered to me in one piece.


So here is what I wrote.


I hope it inspires you to claim victory in times of doubt; in times of fear:


”THE MISTAKES THAT I’VE MADE”

Songwriter: © Fatima Morken, 2018 BMI


VERSE 1:

“Is there a reason why I should complain?

Is there a reason why I should regret?

The decisions I’ve made

The mistakes that I’ve made

Is there a reason at all?

Why I should lament?

The mistakes that I’ve made


Is there a reason why I should accept?

Is there a reason why I should admit?

The complications of life

The mysteries in life

Is there a reason at all?

Why I should mistrust?

The mysteries in life


CHORUS:

Well, I can’t live a life of lies

I only want dreams

I only want joy

Well, I can stand strong in the storm

It’s not a hard thing

After knowing what’s peace


VERSE 2:

Is there a reason why my heart should faint?

Is there a reason my heart hesitates?

The conclusions I’ve made

The realizations I’ve made

Is there a reason at all?

Why I should think of?

The realizations I’ve made


Is there a reason why my soul should see?

Is there a reason my soul doesn’t feel?

Or questions the truth

Or question my love

Is there a reason at all?

Why I should have doubt?

Or question my love


REPEAT CHORUS


FINAL CHORUS:

Well, I can’t live a life of lies

I only want dreams

I only want joy

Well, I can stand strong in the storm

It’s not a hard thing

After knowing what’s peace”


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