Take A Look Around

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All the tension in the world today
All the little girls fillin’ up the world today
When the good comes to bad, the bad comes to good
But I’mma live my life like I should (Like I should)
Now all the critics wanna hit it, ya shit can how we did it
Just because they don’t get it
But I’ll stay fitted, new era committed
Now this red cap gets a rap from these critics
Do we always gotta cry
Do we always gotta live inside a lie
Life’s just a blast that’s movin’ really fast
You better stay on top or life will kick you in the ass
Follow me into a solo
Remember that kid, so what you wanna do
And where you gonna run when you starin’ down the cable of a mic
Pointed at your grill like a gun
Limp Bizkit is rockin’ the set, it’s like Russian Roulette
When you’re placin’ your bet
So don’t be upset when you’re broke and you’re done
Cause I’mma be the one till I jet

I know why you wanna hate me
I know why you wanna hate me
I know why you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
I know why you wanna hate me (Wanna hate me)
I know why you wanna hate me (Wanna hate me)
Now I know why you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
And now you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately

Does anybody really know the secret
Or the combination for this life and where they keep it
It’s kinda sad when you don’t know the meanin’
But everything happens for a reason
I don’t even know what I should say
Cause I’m an idiot, a loser, microphone abuser
I analyze every second I exist
Beatin’ up my mind every second with my fists
And everybody wanna run
Everybody wanna hide from the gun
You can take that ride through this life if you want
But you can’t take the edge off the knife, no sir
And now you want your money back
But you’re denied cause your brains fried from the sack
And there ain’t nothin’ I can do
Cause life is a lesson, you learn it when you’re through

I know why you wanna hate me
I know why you wanna hate me
I know why you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
I know why you wanna hate me (Wanna hate me)
I know why you wanna hate me (Wanna hate me)
Now I know why you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
And now you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately

Now I know why

Now I know why you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
And now you wanna hate me
Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately

Take A Look Around – Limp Bizkit

I think life is a test. Every hardship, disappointment and slap in the face pushes us to excel or to fail. I don’t believe in anything in between. I think the true measure of a persons value in this world with all it’s fear and anger, is the way we each cope with what happens to us on a daily basis. Each persons response either plays to their strengths or weaknesses, depending on many factors such as their upbringing and temperament, but ultimately one must find a way to pass through the dark alley of despair and break out onto the street that leads to a fulfilled life. No one can do it for you, no one has your answer but you.

Sometimes we need a nudge, a shoulder to lean on or a person to hear our pain. Sometimes we just need some quiet time to reflect on what really matters to us and what path will lead us to our Valhalla. It’s easy to get lost in the daily trials, allow roadblocks to trip us up instead of stepping over them. No matter how hard we try our vision is clouded by the uncertainty of life and all the perils beset upon our mortal souls. I have felt all this and more in just the span of an hour on this day.

“Does anybody really know the secret, or the combination for this life and where they keep it”

That line from the above song runs through my mind as I reflect on today’s happenings. I went from great excitement to deep disappointment in the span of 10 minutes, and I admit the strain was more that it should have been. On the one hand I was happy to think of getting off the road and spending more time away from the truck, then the other hand slapped me in the face when I found out I could not take the local job due to having a dog. It’s not the fault of the company I work for, it’s the policy of the customer I would be hauling for. Still, it hit me really hard.

And yet I sit here in my truck as the sun goes down, patting my furry best friend, and all comes into focus. My perspective takes shape and my will regains the upper hand. I have surmounted much greater obstacles than this before, pushed my way through deeper and darker places that almost did me in, yet today hit me hard as I was not ready for it. Such is life. There is no magic mirror to give us the answers to life’s problems, no book I can read to prepare oneself for all the pitfalls we will see in a lifetime. Each of the trials we must face, whether big or small, contribute to the person we are and will become. The day you stop learning is the day you die.

“And there ain’t nothin’ I can do cause life is a lesson, you learn it when you’re through”

9 response to "Take A Look Around"

  1. By: Bill Ladd Posted: September 18, 2018

    Thought I had a plan to build a livable house. Both plans A & B fell through….must not be time for me to get it.

  2. By: Miriam Posted: September 18, 2018

    I’m so sorry to hear about the local job falling through. I can so understand your disappointment. But there’s something else out there for you, believe it, every thing that happens to us is not just a test but happens for a reason. I’m a big believer in that.

    • By: Weird Guy With The Dog Posted: September 19, 2018

      I choose to look at this as a test because it teaches us something about ourselves. It teaches us that we can overcome anything in life if we just look ahead to what’s next not behind to whats done. Forward, ever forward.

      • By: Miriam Posted: September 19, 2018

        Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. By: Peter Matthews Posted: September 19, 2018

    So sorry to hear this news John. Life has a habit of kicking us back down sometimes but we get up and find another way.

  4. By: chattykerry Posted: September 19, 2018

    Perhaps it wasn’t fated to be? I just accepted a job offer and turned it down in 24 hours. After not sleeping I realized that the last thing I needed right now was a new challenge. I asked if I could approach them in another month and they were happy with that. There is a Scottish phrase – “what’s for you, won’t go past you”.

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