Do you ever take a moment to take a step back
and think about how life can steer you off track?
Because the person I am as I sit here and write
would be unrecognizable to the person who tried
to write songs and live life, the person who would fight
for any and all of the things that were right.
That person fell apart, she was just too naive.
She was a person who truly believed
in the power of stars and the moon and her dreams.
But it isn’t fun and it isn’t cute
when you lose touch with the things that make you, you.
Don’t you want to do the things you always wanted to do?
Why not? What changed? Who are you turning into?
Because you’re acting kind of funny –
and I know you need the money –
but when did you stop caring about things like art?
And music, and the universe? Where is your heart?
It used to be here, right smack dab in your chest,
keeping you grounded because your brain couldn’t rest.
It was up in the clouds, chasing dreams, visions, skies.
Maybe your brain had already realized
that this was probably one of the last times
that it would be able to go and roam outside
the confining corners of your ever-shrinking mind.
Because you’re grown up, now
and you should be proud.
You navigated life and learned all about
this big, big world. And you didn’t fuss or pout.
You sat up, you shut up, and you figured it out.
But take a step back and look at your life.
Really look at your struggles, your qualms, and your strife.
If you’re anything like me,
or who I always wanted to be,
I bet that when you take a step back you’ll see
that your days aren’t actually as bad as they seem.
Then maybe you’ll find
that giving gratitude a try
will help break down the walls you took a decade to fortify
when really all you wanted was to be preoccupied.
From the day to day, and going to work
because sitting in an office drives you berserk.
Your existence isn’t about making a profit,
and maybe it’s time you actually dropped that.
Stop dreading the future or living in the past
and start living your days as they pass by so fast.
Tell your friends you love them, go out and dance.
So you could die happy if today was your last.