I have a philosophy about music. You hear the lyrics you need to hear when you need to hear them. I listen to alot of music and most of the time, the lyrics are background to whatever I happen to doing. But every once in awhile.. the lyrics break thru the busy-ness. My friend Cosy Sheridan's new CD Eros
is the latest new addition to the "Running Tunes" play list on my cool Sansa Fuze . (thanks again Ryan Donovan) and on Saturday morning I started to really listen to the lyrics for the first time. I'd been intrigued with the title of one of her tunes "Do you love the life you made?" but it wasn't until Saturday morning, when I was contemplating that very question, that I realized how powerful a song it is:
It's a risk and a leap and then a hole in the net
its a miracle you haven't given up yet
and seems to reward arrogant fools
it blows up in your face doesn't follow the rules
Everything will fade
Do you love the life you've made?
Do you need a moment of rest?
Tension holds you upright
Tension drives us all
For all you do right
its all you do wring l
All the ways you could die
All the ways you could live
One wrong move, its alot to forgive
So it's a great question because by the time you make it into your 50s, you damn well better love the life you made because it's very hard to change. And, as a cancer survivor, I've learned to savor the moment, not save stuff for later.. because frankly you don't know how many "laters" you're going to have. So making sure that you love your life, strikes me as a pretty important thing to get right.
I literally stopped in the middle of my run to ponder it. And what I realized is that an awful lot of whether you love or hate your life boils down to where you wake up in the morning. When I'm waking up in Berlin, I can see all the way down the valley to the presidential range. This is the view from my bedroom window.
Then I stop in at Dunkin Donuts where they ask me if I want my usual, and then make it just right. I walk to work and am greeted by some of the smartest, most hardworking people I've ever had the privilege of working with. I talk to clients who are wicked smart as well, and they inspire me to think harder and smarter.
When I'm not in Berlin, I wake up to this at the family farm in Durham:
In short, what's not to love? Sure there are times when I'm heading to the airport on a 3 am bus when I declare quite loudly that life sucks and I hate my life, but truly deep down inside,I don't mean it. I've got unbelievably great friends,the ability to make a difference in my industry and in my community, and I'm blessed in where I live and how I live. So Cosy, for me the answer would have to be yes.