In a season of change — the end of Fixer Upper, the beginning of life as a family of seven, the upcoming launch of a new book — Joanna Gaines has adopted a new mantra of sorts. It's one , and in the fall 2018 issue of her magazine, : "Made ready."
What even superfans might not have noticed, though, is a subtle nod the issue makes toward a song that echoes this very idea. On page 55, there's text that cut off across the page, with the words "You Have Been Made Ready" bold and all-caps across them. Look a little closer, and you'll see they're lyrics to the song "Daughter" by singer-songwriter Ryan O'Neal, AKA Sleeping At Last. It's an uplifting, anthemic song that just makes you want to get up and face the world head-on, no matter what it throws your way.
Its chorus echoes her statement almost exactly: You're ready / born ready / And all you gotta do is put one foot in front of you.
Ryan wrote the song when he was at a similar stage in his life, just before the birth of his daughter, Lily. "My hope is that this song, sap and all, gets filed in the 'heartfelt' category more than anything. It was written as a letter to my daughter, a reminder for her that she is capable of anything," he wrote in a about the song.
Later, the song continues: Our ceiling is your floor / and all you gotta do is put one foot in front of you / if only you knew.
Ryan explains these lyrics as well, sharing that a friend had told him "our parent's ceiling is our floor, and our ceiling will become our children's floor, meaning that our very best is a mere starting place for our children."
Those lyrics fall in line with the Gaines's commitment to putting family first, even if that means ending their hit show before it jumps the shiplap (er, shark). In Joanna's essay, she shares that part of her "made ready" realization is learning that she can't be all things to all people at all times.
"Sometimes it means acknowledging my lack, understanding my limits, knowing the strengths of those around me, and graciously receiving help when they're ready to step in," she wrote, later adding: "I love seasons when I can carry others and also when I can allow myself to be carried, because I see that no one is meant to bear the burden alone."
In those moments, when you feel like you can't do it, the song's a powerful reminder that you can. Check out the full song here:
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