Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence.
If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.
Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence.
(Enigma – Return To Innocence)
I was driving on I 70 this morning when I had an epiphany. I realized I’m not having a mid life crisis, though I admit a Porsche and a 19 year old girlfriend would have there merits, 😉 I think I’m starting to just to let go of past traumatic experiences and the hold they have had on my life. I think I’m returning to the innocence that was stripped away, so many years ago. I can feel myself becoming the person I should have been, before my life took such a turn for the worse. There are many things in my past, some I have written about, others I’m not ready to write about yet. All have contributed to who I am at this point in my life.
Music is a huge part of who I am. I can get lost in Beethoven, The Beatles, or Fleetwood Mac. It all depends on my mood at the time. But there are songs that give you chills every time you here them, (Sara by Fleetwood Mac), others that take you away to another place or time, (Space Oddity by David Bowie) and some that just make you feel so calm and serene. (Blackbird by the Beatles) I think it’s a primal response, part of the human DNA. Music IS human. We long for it, create it, whistle it, hum it, feel it. It’s all around us. A baby’s cry, the wind in the trees, the waves on a rocky beach, the birds and the insects. It’s everywhere.
Below is a link to another song by Enigma. For me It might be the most beautiful, most soothing song I have ever heard. To me, the piano sounds like a person releasing all of their anguish and pain, years of suffering released in the beauty of the chords. All of their heartache pouring out at the stroke of each note. This is followed by the almost angelic voices, releasing the tortured soul from their arduous journey towards happiness. I close my eyes and I’m spirited away to a place of tranquility. Every time I listen to this, I feel renewed. I feel hope.
Let’s try an experiment. Click on the link, close your eyes, and FEEL the song. Don’t try to think about what you hear, just simply feel it. Let go your earthly self and become immersed in the music, then post a comment on how it made you feel. It brings a whole new dimension to your life!