December 2014 - At an Eddie Money concert, I watched him perform songs I’ve sung all of my life -- just at different stages. Then I thought about Eddie singing his own songs and how the same exact lyrics take on different meanings depending on where he is within his
own life – sober, post-rehab, break-ups, marriages, pre-rehab, height of his career, lows of his career and a
varying age groups. But know, these same lyrics can be taken to heart and have totally different meanings only if you are AWARE of where you are today, where you’ve come from and every detail of the road traveled in your own life. The “Baby Hold Onto Me” lyrics – “…So baby hold on to me, whatever will be will be, the future is ours to see” … Surely these lyrics, today have a different meaning to Eddie (at 65 year old and 3 rehabs behind him) than they what these very lyrics meant at the pinnacle of his career.
The tide of life changes for us all is like the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Some songs I listen today, I listen to them with a different set of ears because I am different. I appreciate the lyrics because I am aware of the crooked road I have traveled, the mistakes I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned, aware of my blessings, belief in a higher power and my own personal growth along the way.
Here are a few personal examples for me:
“…But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too…”
Savage Garden’s “I Knew I Loved You” when I was in my 20s this is what I wanted for myself – the perfect love. Today, it has BECOME the relationship with MY husband.
“…I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life
There's just no rhyme or reason
only this sense of completion
and in your eyes
I see the missing pieces
I'm searching for
I think I found my way home
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe…”
Hezekiah Walker’s “Favored” This song speaks to me, now as a seasoned 46-year-old knowing how far I’ve come, outgrowing empty relationships/friendships of my past, standing strong with fulfilling relationships today, outliving cancer and living a life grounded in faith. I AM favored.
……I'm still here, I'm still alive, I'm still blessed, on my way to
My destiny, because the favor of God is on my life. Let me
Tell you about love.
Love is patient, caring. Love is Kind. Love is felt most when
It's genuine, but I've had my share of love abused, manipulated
And it's strength misused, and I can't help but give you glory,
When I think about my story, and I know you favored me
Because my enemies did try but couldn't triumph over me
Yes they did try but couldn't triumph over me.
They whispered, conspired, they told their lies (God favors me)
My character, my integrity, my faith in God (He favors me)
Will not fall, will not bend, won't compromise (God favors me)
I speak life and prosperity and I speak health (God favors me)…”
Life is about growth, transitional transformation and FEELING it ALL. Don’t just walk through life. During my body transformation, I worked hard to get back into the “small” clothes in my closet. Many of them I downsized below, others fit, but I’m realizing they have past their season within my life. They fit me physically, but they do not fit who I am today. This is an evolution of success and owning whom I am today rather than holding onto an image of what I wanted to be years ago. Just like with the songs, I am aware, I take it in and I appreciate the here and the now and the NEW [seasoned] me. Life’s lessons got me here.