Forever Doin’ This


Khloe Mitchell, Writer

Finding what you are called to do can be a long, drawn-out process. Once you find where you belong, it’s almost like you’re meeting a new, mature version of yourself. Refreshing. For the longest time, I could not figure out what my heart longed to do for the rest of my life. I could not see myself fitting in anywhere, especially regarding a job. My sport, competition cheerleading, has always been a part of my life, but growth and change became uncomfortable, and I began falling out of love with the sport that has been with me for 13 years. As I was offered a coaching job during one of the most challenging seasons of my life, everything turned upside down. Despite being on one of the best all-star teams in cheerleading history and being so loved by the kids I coach, I try to keep a humble mind. I remember where I came from and what I went through to get where I am. This song helped me realize that I could not imagine doing anything other than what I am doing now. I finally found myself.

Luke Comb’s new album, consisting of his new song “Doin’ This,” is very inspiring. It moves his audience to appreciate where they are today and what it took for them to get there. It reminds us to hold onto where we came from and to stay humble. At the song’s beginning, he informed us that he was asked, “What was growing up like, where’d you go to school?” This brings his mind and the minds of his listeners back to their childhood. Back to where they came from. Remembering where it all started helped me realize what I was meant to do. Luke Combs fuels those thoughts with this song.

Later in the song, he sings, “It ain’t about the fame, it ain’t about the fortune, it ain’t about the name, it ain’t about the glory.” This reminds me that I’m not cheering or wanting to make a difference through my job to be known or loved. My end goal is to do what I love while making sure I am supplying a place for people to feel safe, loved, and confident in themselves. I want to provide an environment filled with hope.

The artist sings to the world that if he had the chance to change everything, he wouldn’t. If he was not doing what he was, he’d still be doing it. The lyrics resonate with me, although he is singing about singing. I had many hardships growing up as a competitive cheerleader, and some still linger. I’m always asked what I would do if I was not cheering, and every time I would say I don’t know, just because I could not imagine myself doing anything else. The same goes for my job; I could not see myself doing anything other than coaching. My heart’s desire is to help someone get better at what they love and to provide a place they can go to for anything. A safe place that I did not have when I was younger regarding my mental health as an athlete. Therefore, I would still be doin’ this if I was not doin’ this.

Although Luke Combs is singing about singing, I relate to this song on a deep, personal level. Music always hits home with me, but Luke Combs, and his music, especially Doin’ This, reminds me of how grateful I am to be doin’ this.