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Lady Gaga Shares Her Answer in Born This Way

by Seth Eisenberg

Sixteen years before 24-year-old Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta’s parents welcomed her to the world, a very similar girl named Maria challenged her therapist:

“What is life all about anyway? Life makes no sense. What’s the meaning of it all?”

Listening to the lyrics of “Born This Way,” it’s hard to imagine Stefani, known around the world as Lady Gaga, hasn’t asked herself those same questions.

Maria was just 16 at the time she looked to her counselor, Virginia Satir, for answers.

Satir answered Maria’s questions with a poem, “I Am Me,” that remains one of the most beautiful declarations of self-esteem ever written.

There are many similarities in the theme of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Virginia Satir’s “I Am Me.”

Although “I Am Me” was written years before Lady Gaga’s birth, I suspect Satir’s answer influenced the journey Lady Gaga took on her way to becoming one of the world’s most celebrated pop singers and the lyrics of her newest hit single.

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Lyrics:

Listen to me when i say”
I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause god makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track baby
I was born this way
Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set

I’m on the right track baby
I was born this way


Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Song Complete Lyrics

Virginia Satir’s “I Am Me” Poem

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