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Pride [Is yours holding you back?]
I mentioned yesterday that I had a couple of songs the other day that I’ve heard many, many times before that suddenly ‘clicked’ for me.
The first was a week last Saturday.
The second the following morning.
Through the miracles of time travel / scheduling I’m writing this that Sunday afternoon.
I know you’ve been on tenterhooks for the last 24 hours, so I will proceed.
It was Green Day.
I had their third album ‘Dookie’ on CD in the first year at Uni.
I have a strong memory of putting ‘Basket Case’ on far too loud that first Christmas back home.
And my sister storming up the stairs to turn it off and then getting progressively more frustrated when she couldn’t figure out the controls.
The track I heard last Sunday was actually from the follow up album.
I must’ve heard this song a hundred or more times over the years.
I’ve not been sleeping all that well recently.
Challenging times and all that.
I regularly wake around 2ish and manage to get back to sleep and then again at 5 to 6 am.
And, as I’ve usually got loads to do and then four kids to home school, I normally get up and get cracking.
Usually not feeling all that great while I am, I’ll be honest.
But, you know – stuff’s gotta get done.
I had by headphones on whilst I was doing some work.
Volume one on Alexa isn’t all that quiet when there are people asleep in the house is it?
Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) came on.
And this lyric hit me like a bolt of lightning.
Literally felt it run down my spine.
“So make the best of this test
And don’t ask why
It’s not a question
But a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable
But in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life”
Make the best of this test.
And don’t ask why.
It’s a testing time.
Hard in many ways for the vast majority of us.
But we have two choices with this (and any other test).
We can make the best of it.
Learn and grow from it.
RISE up and ‘pass’ it.
Or, for want of a better word, ‘flunk’ it.
Asking why isn’t going to help.
It’s not a question.
It’s a lesson learned in time.
Jon ‘I could describe every detail of that stereo more accurately than I could most things I own today, despite not seeing it in over 15 years’ Hall