Necessary Baggage

September 18, 2023 by Mia in DiscussionHealthMental Health

In Erica Badu’s Song “Bad Lady” she starts off singing, “Bag lady, you gon’ hurt your back, Dragging all them bags like that.”  The lyrics reminded me of the baggage in life that we carry.  Most of the baggage is unnecessary, but there is some very necessary baggage that must carry. We carry things like our clothes, shoes, makeup, grooming utensils, necessary documents, accessories, medication/vitamins, etcetera… of those things some we need and some we can do without.

We also have internal baggage that we carry: happiness, joy, love, pain, stress, worry, guilt or shame, sickness, and sadness. Again, in this case some we need/some we can do without and some we have to experience but need to let it go or hold onto.  Later on, in that same song Erica sings “I guess nobody ever told you, all you must hold on to is you, is you, is you… Bag lady, let it go, let it go, let it go, Girl, you don’t need that.” 

I have experienced some form of carrying internal and external baggage and if you’re in this life, I’m sure you have experienced some form of it yourself.  However, only carry what is necessary. If it is not needed, let it go.  We only get one life, one mind, one back, lol!  Hold onto the things that are true, that are important, that are needed…you know the necessary baggage.