Monday, January 19, 2015

All I need to know about the future I learned from pop songs

Here we are in late January.  My colleague told me this date is considered the saddest of the year cause the holidays are over, the decorations definitively down, the bank accounts dry and the weather in our part of the world is often cold and ugly (yes indeed!).  So it's high time for a kick in the behind to jump-start this year.  And since I'm a pop princess, I looked to my musical repertoire to inspire me.  Can you tell which artists wrote these lines?  (Answers at the end...)

Tonight I'm gonna party like it's, 2015!
It's 2015, y'all!  I couldn't even have imagined what my life was going to be like in 2015 way back in 1999.  We were all "sweating out" the Millenium Bug and anticipating writing "2000" on our checks.  (And we still actually used checks on a regular basis!)  Don't you find it super scary that 15 years can go by just like that?  When you're ten years old time seems to c-r-a-w-l by.  The day when you could buy loads of candy and make your own decisions seemed like it would never come.  Then somehow after high school life is on fast-forward mode.  And you can't pause or rewind or even switch to slow.  And, boom, then you're 40.  So we need to enjoy the moment, people.  Be it by partying or chilling.  Cause time ain't slowing down.

Whatcha waitin', whatcha waitin' foooorrrr?!
What are we waiting for?  We know time goes fast.  We know we have dreams.   We know we should be doing something about those dreams!  But do we?  We figure we've got time.  We'll do it next year.  Or in ten years.  But what if next year never comes?  What if, God forbid, you can't walk in ten years or have some debilitating disease?  The time is now.

If you could change your life, and never be the same...
What's keeping us from changing our lives today?  Fear of what the others would say? Fear of being hurt or rejected or alone?   Oh, yes, all that and more!  I'm just as guilty as you guys.  I'm all talk and no action and I wonder why.  Maybe I'm too comfy in my comfort zone.  Even if in reality those PJ's we've been lounging in are dirty and those slippers are starting to fray, we're too lazy to get off that proverbial couch and change things up.

Don't waste your time or time will waste you
Time doesn't care if we fulfill our dreams or not.  Neither do our neighbors or those passersby in the street.  The naysayers would rather see us fail so they can justify their own unfulfilled desires.  Why hang around with downers like that?  The only thing that's certain in life is that it won't go on forever.  One day we'll all just be a blip in some history book citing the population of X country in the 2000's.  And no one will care what some random person in the past did.

Only you care enough to do it.  So why don't you do it?  And me too. I dare ya!

Answers: Prince, Gwen Stefani, Crowded House (Never be the same), Muse (Knights of Cydonia)


Jenenz said...

I loved your post, combining music and life lessons. One of my favorite songs is "Cake for Breakfast" (off the "Carmen Sandiego: Out of this World" record). Reminds us to not take life too seriously, have fun, and treat yourself to good things.

Holly Hollyson said...

Yes to that first one. I have been BLOWN AWAY by the fact that it is no longer 2000. This new milennium still seems so space age to me!

Lindle said...

Lately, I get a lot of strength from these lyrics from "I Lived" by One Republic:

"Hope when you take that jump
You don't fear the fall
Hope when the water rises
You build a wall
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived."

It's over in the blink of an eye, so you have to lift those eyes up from whatever is distracting you, and look and live.