The great sage Ferris once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
That’s so true, but what happens when life’s turns slow things down? Over the past few years I experienced a life “slowed down”, almost at a stand still. Uncertain of what directions things were going to move, not sure where and when I would land on my feet a lot of what is great about “living” kind of got put on hold.
A recent song by the Foo Fighters has truly struck a cord with me. Over the last year or so, I truly learned how to walk again, embrace not just life, but embrace the “act of living”… Enjoying everything there is about what makes this journey so enjoyable. Feeling the ups and downs, in all of their joy and pain.
After having an extended time where I found it incredibly difficult to get my career on track with steady work, working odd jobs and doing my best to always stay positive this particular song recently cried out to me the first time I heard it. I’m starting to move forward again, and not standing still.
Learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
Learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin
Where do I begin? After putting many aspects of “living” on hold, and then finding yourself capable of doing more, where do you start? Well you begin by just putting one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walkin’ cross the floor. That’s where I’m at now, but “living” has changed, the past few years have given me a different perspective on what’s important and what’s not, at least in my world. It’s those decisions now that are helping to determine where the next “first steps” will take me.
One line from the song in particular strikes a chord. “I never want to die”… Initially it isn’t the most pleasant of lyrics. I don’t hear them sing that though when I listen to the song. I hear “I never want to stop living!”… That’s a new montra that I’m going to try to never lose hold of, to never stop celebrating the moment, experience new things, and most importantly never stop loving.
Now fast forward to the present, it’s my birthday! (Yay me!) and I’ve recently celebrated my one year anniversary with my new job and I hope new career. It’s a fun time for me. Over the past year+ I’ve definitely seen a change in me for the better. I’ve allowed myself to start walking down that path of life and be a participant and not a wallflower. Have I made all of the right choices? Probably not, but that’s not the point, is it? It’s about allowing yourself to be out there and be in the game called Life… By learning to walk again I’ve remembered what it’s like to live, like I said earlier, it’s a fun time for me.
So, my recommendation to all of you is to never fall into a place where you allow life to get in the way of living…
Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all (at least part time)