I don’t need to write much, the song says it all. Listen closely.
I don’t need to write much, the song says it all. Listen closely.
Debating on what to write, I felt the sudden urge to write about the simple act of living.
We’ve all had those moments when wake up feeling completely alive – ready to take on the day! But then there’s the days when we don’t know how to express ourselves, when we’re unsure of how we’re feeling. Sometimes, the weight of the world is just too much and staying in bed to avoid the world feels like the best option. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, it’s then I find myself trying to push those dark thoughts/feeling away and I force myself to accept the day for what it is – Another chance.
Often times I think we forget that every day is an opportunity, a chance, a miracle. We all have a clock ticking over our heads – and no clue how much time is actually left. So, why do so many of us live as if we’ll live forever?
The song “I Lived” by OneRepublic is just that, a reminder that we should be living each and every day (every second) to its fullest, grateful for whatever it gives us.
Listen to their song (this is a lyric video someone made to it)
Now take a moment and think about the lyrics…
“Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall”:
Take the jump, just do it. If you don’t, if you keep your feet on the ground, think about all you could miss out on. There’s a reason behind why you want to, if there wasn’t, you wouldn’t even think about it. If you fear the outcome, that’s okay… that’s normal.
“Hope when the water rises, you build a wall”:
The water will rise, it’s a part of life. So when it does, build that wall. Maybe it’ll tower high over the water, keeping you safe! Maybe it’ll be just tall enough to keep the water at bay, giving you some ease from any anxiety you may feel. Maybe it wasn’t tall enough, maybe the water spilled over anyway – Don’t worry, it’s giving you time to figure it out. Or maybe, just maybe, the water came too quickly and you barely got your wall started before it hit you. Don’t stress, we’ve all been there! We’ve faced that struggle when the water was just too fast, the wall wasn’t strong or tall enough. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that in time (sometimes a long time), a life boat will come by – sometimes it will be accompanied with family or a friend. But it’s when it comes by that we should reach out, take the help that’s offered (even if we don’t want to), because it’s then we’re reminded that we’re still here!
Give yourself a break, remember that no matter how your wall turned out, the important thing is that you tried. Maybe you stayed safe, or maybe you had to tread water for a while… either way, you did it!
“Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name”:
Sometimes, that crowd is loud and clear, screaming support. Other times that crowd seems silent and still. No matter who you are, know you have a crowd, even if you firmly believe you don’t, you do. Someone is rooting for you, cheering you on – really. You just have to be willing to accept it and hear it, even if it’s hard.
“Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay”:
Stand brave. This can get tricky. Sometimes, there will be people behind you. And in the moment when you can’t see them, when you feel you’re the only one standing firm while everyone else runs, wanna know where those people are? They’re directly behind you, out of sight, they’re helping you stand tall. Other times, you will be the only one standing. You will be alone. But that’s when your voice is loudest. If everyone else running, they may bump into you… but some will also see you, recognize how grounded you are, and at times, it will change their minds. Sometimes, it only takes one.
“Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad”:
Oh gosh. Love. It can be so beautiful, but it can also be so painful. Whether it’s the love of another being, the love of a pet, or something else. Love is powerful. Love and it’s complicated-ness should be experienced by all. When you fear it – jump anyway. After all, it’s called “falling in love” for a reason right? It’s a time of learning and growth for everyone, so work at it. Find that person or thing that pushes your buttons but makes you smile at the same time… if it ends in heartache, don’t give up. It may only be the beginning for you!
“And I hope that you don’t suffer, but take the pain”:
It’s mind over matter. After all,you may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.
“I wish that I could witness, all your joy and all your pain”:
This is our opportunity to let others know we care, even from a distance. Let them know that you’re there for all of it. We are each others witness’ for all the crazy parts of life. All the joy, pain, chaos and clutter. We may face things separately but we’re all in it together.
“And when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup”:
There’s my favorite part of the entire song. People – Celebrate. Really! Stop reading this (well, not really lol), but stop busying yourself with more and think about your day, your week. What did you do today? Did you work? Exercise? Read or write? Did you work on a DIY project? Did you cook or clean? Or maybe some homework? Maybe you saved a life today, or overcame a struggle. The simple act of opening your eyes is an accomplishment to celebrate! You did it – YOU survived another day. Be proud, spread that strength. Individually, we make up this world. Don’t let people’s accomplishments (large or small) go unnoticed.
Me, You, They, We = light. We are our own ray of sunshine. We are each a color from the color wheel, painting this giant canvas called life. With every choice we make, we cover this world with beauty.
Now, the chorus:
“When the moment comes
You’ll say… [I’ll say…]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
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”:
Live. Just live. Life is cruel but honest. It continues on, constantly changing because that’s what we do. We are given endless opportunities. The real question is, did we take them? There is a reason behind every choice we make, every place we visit, every broken bone.
Sometimes, the choices we make lead to heartache, pain and confusion. But in those moments we’re able to learn. We learn how to move on and heal, who to lean on, who we can trust. Those “broken bones” can heal, they will heal, if we let them. And sometimes, to our surprise, they grow back stronger than they were before.
Oh and did you catch on to the theme radiating throughout the song? Hope. Simply that.
Never forget, our stories will live on through the lives we’ve touched.
So do it all, get off your butt! Go outside and just breathe in the possibilities!
Go on, I DARE you…
Believe in yourself and DARE to live!
From one stranger to another, I am so proud of you for being alive,
Sometimes, all it takes is a flower to set your day down a good path.
A path that reminds you that beautiful things surround us.
Watch this and just enjoy the joy that comes from a simple rose bush 🙂 and enjoy the song!
“You don’t have to go it alone, run for your life, my love, run and you don’t give up…”
“I wanna hold the whole wide world, right here in my open hands, maybe I’m just a little girl, a little girl with great big plans… I’m gonna live a crazy dream, impossible as it may seem, doesn’t matter what the future brings, I’m gonna live a crazy dream…”
take a moment and forget about your life 🙂
“All I see is where our days repeat. And our love goes on.” ~HelloGoodbye
“But my heart is beating and my pulses start Cathedrals in my heart. Every siren is a symphony and every tear’s a waterfall…” ~Coldplay
Jason Mraz is amazing, and so is this song! It’s become my “feel good” song
“I wont give up… if the skies get rough. I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up.
I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make. Our differences do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts we got, ya we’ve got a lot at stake. We had to learn how to bend without the world without the world caving in. I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am… No I Am Not Giving Up, We Are Alive, And We Are Worth It!”
I’ve seen this over and over again and it makes me smile Every Darn Time!
Chester See is a great artist, this song holds a greater meaning than the video may portray, but still made me smile 🙂 hope it does the same for you
the video says it all. Please watch.
“I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it
And I believe in God even when He is silent”
“Together can never be close enough for me
Feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you”