MTV TJ Challenge 3: Why I Relate To “Dear Mama”
If I had to pick one song that I related to more than any other at a certain point in my life, I would go with the 2pac classic, “Dear Mama.” You may be extremely puzzled by this because yes, overall, I have not lived the same type of life that 2pac raps about in this song. My mom has never been a “crack fiend” or had to bail me out of jail. But the overall meaning of this song is something I can relate. Just check out this song and I will explain.
I’m sure you can take away the main message in this song. I’ve always taken it as a mother that is strong and loving. Hardships may come and go, but there is always strength in her resolve. I heard this song for the first time when I was in eighth grade. It came at the perfect time in my life.
During the winter of eighth grade, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was the toughest thing I had ever experienced and it wasn’t even me that this whole ordeal was physically affecting. I could see how much my mom was going through, with the surgeries and the chemotherapy and the recovery. But, regardless how tough things were, she always remained emotionally strong. I now know how tough all of this must have been for her but she would never let her pain be evident to me.
Much like how “Dear Mama” is, the woman in that song is strong. No matter what 2pac did, this woman always loved him unconditionally no matter what he or she was going through. My mom was exactly the same way and it was this song that made me realize all of that.
I played “Dear Mama” almost constantly during that period of my life. It made me think of how strong my mom was. It got me through that tough time in my life. Fortunately, my mother made it through all of this and is healthier than ever today.
But, just as a reminder of my appreciation for her, it is still her ring tone whenever she calls me.