Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Embracing Self-Worth: Shaking Off the Dust and Moving Forward

Today, I want to dive into a thought-provoking concept that has resonated with me lately, especially as a musician and artist – the idea of shaking the dust from our boots in the context of relationships and situations where we might not be valued or respected. It’s a metaphor that speaks volumes about our worth and the significance of surrounding ourselves with individuals who genuinely appreciate and uplift us.

We’ve all been there, right? We pour our heart and soul into something or someone, only to be treated with indifference or disrespect. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but here’s the crucial lesson – our self-worth should never be compromised for anyone or anything.

Shaking the dust from our feet symbolises self-respect and resilience. It’s a declaration that we deserve love, respect, and appreciation in our lives and won’t settle for less. When we summon the courage to step away from those who don’t value us, we make room for better, healthier relationships to enter our lives.

I won’t sugarcoat it; letting go can be incredibly challenging. However, there’s immense liberation in realising that our worth isn’t determined by how others treat us. Each of us inherently deserves love, respect, and happiness just as we are.

So, my dear friends, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you aren’t valued or respected, remember this: don’t hesitate to shake off that dust and stride forward with your head held high. You deserve love, respect, and happiness and to be surrounded by people who recognise and cherish your worth.

Let’s commit collectively to embrace our self-worth, support one another, and contribute to a world filled with love and respect. It all starts with us.

The concept of shaking off the dust from our boots is a powerful reminder of our self-worth and the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who appreciate and uplift us. It’s about recognising our inherent value and having the courage to avoid situations in which we aren’t respected. Embracing our worth is the first step towards creating a world filled with love and respect for ourselves and others.

The line that inspired this blog is from my latest song, “Tattoos, Blues and Nothing Left to Lose.”

Check it out below.

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About Derek

Derek Lee Goodreid began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences.

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Derek Lee Goodreid

Derek Lee Goodreid

Perth blues, rockabilly and country musician, Derek Lee Goodreid, began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences. After moving to Norway for love Derek’s music and lyrics evolved influenced now by Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Derek’s blues-inspired rockabilly won his newly formed band, Howling Light, a place to compete at Notodden Blues Festival and several festival gigs in Norway and established venues such as Cafe Mono and Buckley’s Blues and Roots Bar. Since then Derek has released four solo albums and has returned to his home town of Perth Western Australia. He continues to write, record, and perform his own special brand of Americana, Delta Blues, and Rock with his howling vocals red, hot rocking guitar, and heart of gold. Follow Me On Facebook

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