i choose lyrics – india.arie

because you never know where life is gonna take you
and you can’t change where you’ve been.
but today, i have the opportunity to choose.

[verse 1:]
here am i now looking at 30 and i got so much to say.
i gotta get this off of my chest, i gotta let it go today.
i was always too concerned about what everybody would think.
but i can’t live for everybody, i gotta live my life for me.(yeah)
i pitched a fork in the road of my life and ain’t nothing gonna happen unless i decide.

[chorus:]
(and i choose) to be the best that i can be.
(i choose) to be authentic in everything i do.
my past don’t dictate who i am. i choose. (yeah)

[verse 2:]
i done been through some painful things i thought that i would never make it through.
filled up with shame from the top of my head to the soles of my shoes.
i put myself in so many chaotic circ*mstances, but by the grace of god i’ve been given so many second chances.
but today i decided to let it all go. i’m dropping these bags, i’m making room for my joy.

[chorus:]
(and i choose) to be the best that i can be.
(i choose) to be authentic in everything i do.
my past don’t dictate who i am. i choose.

[bridge:]
because you never know where life is gonna take you and you can’t change where you’ve been.
but today, i have the opportunity to choose. (hey ey)
i used to have guilt about why things happen they way they did cuz life is gone do what it do.
and everyday, i have the opportunity to choose.

[verse 3:]
from this day forward i’m going to be exactly who i am.
i don’t need to change the way that i live just to get a man. (no!)
i even had a talk with my mama and i told her the day i’m grown,
“from this day forward, every decision i make will be my own.” and hey!

[chorus:]
(and i choose) to be the best that i can be.
(i choose) to be courageous in everything i do.
my past don’t dictate who i am. i choose.

(and i choose) to be the best that i can be.
(i choose) to be authentic in everything i do.
my past don’t dictate who i am. i choose.

[bridge:]
because you never know where life is gonna take you and you can’t change where you’ve been.
but today, i have the opportunity to choose. (hey ey)
i used to have guilt about why things happen they way they did cuz life is gone do what it do.
and everyday, i have the opportunity to choose.

/ india arie lyrics