Discussing Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas’ song - This is Me

Lyrics

I Always been the kind of girl that hid my face

So afraid to tell the world of what I’ve got to say
But I have this dream right inside of me
I’m gonna let it show
It’s time

To let you know, it’s about you know
This is real, this is me
I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be now
Gonna let the light, shine on me

Now I found, who I am
Theres no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I wanna be
This is me

Do you know what it’s like to feel so in the dark
To dream about a land where you’re the shining star
Even though it’s easy
Like get to far away

I have to believe by myself, it’s the only way
This is real, this is me
I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be now
Gonna let the light
Shine on me!

Now, I found, who I am
There’s no way to hold it in
No more hiding who I wanna be
This is me!

(Joe)

You’re the voice I hear inside my head
The reason that I’m singing
I need to find you
I’ve got it find you

You’re the missing piece I need
The song inside of me
I need to find you

(Both)
I’ve got it find you
(Both)
This is real, this is me

I’m exactly where i’m supposed to be now
Gonna let the light, shine on me
Now, I found, who I am
There’s no way to hold it in

No more hiding who I wanna be
This is me!

(Joe)
You’re the missing piece I need
The song inside of me

You’re the voice I hear inside my head
The reason that I’m singing

(Both)

Commentary (by Samuel Thambusamy)

I wonder Why we like “Anonymity”! we hide - the real ‘me’. We don’t like to show our face. We prefer to stay in the dark. We don’t like to raise our voice. We are so afraid to tell the world what we got to say. We don’t like to raise our hands and make our opinion count. But, nevertheless we have loads of opinion - just about everything under the sun.

We live in a house of mirrors. We keep people guessing who’s the real person. But…it’s time to find the real ‘you’. The question of identity (”Who am I?”) is so important.  When you know the real ‘you’ - this is me - you are truly free. There’s no reason to run and hide. That moment is the moment of truth - when the light shines and the darkness flees. You don’t need the cool comfort of darkness to hide. You can step into the light and say, ” Shine on me! Now I’ve found who I am“.

The real you is ‘the missing piece you need - to sing and celebrate life. Most of us, if not all of us cannot face the real me and say, “This is me”. It isn’t an easy experience as you begin to see beyond the ‘images’. You see you truly as you are - with fears, tears, struggles, disappointments, failures etc. Who or what can help us address the question, “who am I?”. who or what can help us discover ourselves - this is me. When we find the real “me” - we find the missing piece. We find the voice and we find our song. We are freed from our fears, shame and guilt.

If we let the light shine - darkness will flee. We can truly sing: Now, I found, who I am / There’s no way to hold it in / No more hiding who I wanna be/ This is me!

Questions for further reflection (by Samuel Thambusamy)

What is this song about?

Why do people hide themselves or silence themselves even though they have an opionion?

Why can’t people believe in themselves? I have to believe by myself, it’s the only way! Who or what would give us self-belief?

This is real, this is me /I’m exactly where i’m supposed to be now /Gonna let the light, shine on me. How do we have our moment of truth? How do we find the real me? Who would let the ligth shine on us?

Now, I found, who I am /There’s no way to hold it in/ No more hiding who I wanna be/ This is me! How do we learn to live with the real ‘me’? Is it easier than hiding in the dark?

What have you learnt from this song?

Samuel Thambusamy