Logical

This post inspired by Jessica at Unmeasured Journeys! Thanks Sis!

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

The Logical Song – Supertramp

I’ve spent much of my life alone, even as a child. Some might say it was a bad thing, but I don’t look at it that way. I think the time I spent alone has in some ways taught me to be fiercely independent, cool headed, self sufficient and willing to do what it takes to get what I want. But I admit, this was not always the case. There was a time when I felt scared, helpless, unwanted and unworthy.

The one constant in my life has been my love for nature. As a child I would spend endless hours at an old military fort by my home, climbing on the rocks, looking for crabs in the tidal pools and exploring the underground bunkers. I wrote about it here. As I grew I followed a path that led to much confusion and pain, trying to find my way in a world I was ill prepared for, looking for something I could not fathom. This post says it all!

As I reflect on my past I realize if things had been different, had I followed another path, I would not be who I am now. I’m happy with who I am, I just wish I could have figured it out sooner! Nevertheless, I am at a point in my life that most things are good, my path is clearly visible. My goals are reasonable and achievable. Gone are the days of youth, with thoughts of grandeur and conquest. Unreasonable expectations I feel many people have about how they are going to “Change the world” or other such pursuits. There are those that will succeed, but many will spend a lifetime in a quest that will end in despair.

I think life is a gift, something to be cherished not forsaken. Every sunrise the beginning of your last day, every sunset the last rays of life giving radiance to bath your face.  Every meal the last taste of what the earth has to offer, every smile from a stranger the last grasp at goodwill to all. Every accomplishment the satisfaction of a job well done, every heartache the knowing of what loss is. Each of these things make us who we are, each a small piece of the person we have become. It just seems logical to me.

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10 thoughts on “Logical

  1. Wonderful post that I totally resonated with. I can understand how Jess inspired you. Both of you are so grounded in nature. Oh and I’ve always loved that Supertramp song. Says it all.

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  2. Life is a gift. It takes many of us a long time to learn it but we should look back on that path of learning as a gift in itself. It is a rare person who knows there path at a young age. For most of us it is a journey of wide-eyed and often thorny discovery. But I am glad for that. Because all those scorch marks and all those smile lines make me who I am. And who I am is good enough for me

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  3. Great post and so true. Our desires become much more achievable as we age (or get more sensible?) I had a flash of pure happiness today about nothing at all which after months of illness gave me a thrill of joy.

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  4. What a fabulous insight! It seems that you have found the magic of your youth once more and now:

    it seems that life is so wonderful,
    You see a miracle, life for you is beautiful, magical.
    And all the birds in the trees, well they are singing so happily,
    Joyfully, playfully watching you..
    xx

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      1. I’m with you side by side on that philosophy! Hence enjoying the ‘Brilliance Within’ my life and shifting how I live to ensure I can enjoy my family, friends and the ‘small stuff’! It’s so sad when I see some of the things the younger people are having to deal with and face in their future.. So you enjoy your magical space this weekend Mr WGWTD! xx

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