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What's Your Theme Song?

Updated: Feb 20, 2022

Picture yourself in a music video…yes, they still make those. Now ask yourself, what song would be playing?

I always thought my song would be upbeat, like “Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat or “Geronimo” by Sheppard, but I was soon told otherwise.

My husband and I help run a summer camp called Prayer and Action. It’s a mission experience that serves people in our community and helps high-school teenagers grow deeper in faith. It’s amazing. Last year, while the group was playing a game called 9 Square, I noticed one of the teens acting up. A young man was playing the piano in the corner, and as I walked towards the naughty teen, the pianist started playing the Dark Side theme to Star Wars. “Hey, Mrs. Ebberwein. This is your theme song,” they called out laughing, and it stopped me in my tracks.

Although I look super cool in all black, I don’t put myself in the same category as Darth Vador. I love being around teenagers; I love their energy, their curiosity, and yes, even their craziness. But in the last few years, I find myself correcting them more than I once did. I’ve started to worry about the danger of their nuttiness instead of finding the humor in it. Maybe, I’ve officially hit adulthood, but what fun would that be?

Those deep piano tones haunted me for weeks to come. But I finally realized that each of us has a little bit of Aerosmith and Kenny G inside us that comes out at different times. And we all have many theme songs. We should know them and embrace them. And the next time someone plays the Dark Side theme song to you, be happy that someone in the world sees you as a force to be reckoned with.


BTW - if you’re looking for a new theme song, try these: “Brave” by Sara Bareilles or “The Story” by Brandi Carlile.

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