So I just finished writing “Is Happiness Overrated” where I pontificate for 1600 words or so on why happiness is (or isn’t) overrated.
Then I decided to go on about my merry way writing some content for my business web site (Nine Point Six Solutions) which is horribly outdated because the whole thing called “having time to update it” has seemingly eluded me and I decide I need to have a little music going to give me some energy (because it was a really long Monday and it sapped just about every ounce of everything out of me). So I hit my Amazon Cloud Player to play a nice mix of my favorite tunes – everything from a little Chicago (“Victorious“) to Carlene Carter (“Love Like This“) to Simple Minds (“[Don’t You] Forget About Me“) to Sir Mix-A-Lot (“Baby Got Back“).
My latest additions to the playlist are some songs from Irishfest (some Red Hot Chili Pipers, The Elders and Pogey), Stevie Wonder (“Superstition”) and a song I heard for the first time yesterday – “Unity” by Shinedown.
I hadn’t actually heard the words to the latter song – it was on in the car of a friend who was driving me home and I was hungover so listening to lyrics didn’t take precedence over keeping the contents of my stomach in my stomach or talking to my friend – but I really liked the music of the song. So today I booted up Amazon and grabbed it off the store.
I put it on this evening (along with a nice mix involving some Taylor Swift, Echo & The Bunnymen and Meatloaf) and about fell out of my chair when I actually listened to the lyrics.
Now, you know I don’t live my life according to song lyrics but you know I absolutely love to ponder what would happen if they ran the world as well as flaunt my playlist. But that being said, read “Is Happiness Overrated” and then read the lyrics from “Unity” below:
They say it’s never too late
To stop being afraid
And there is no one else here
So why should I wait?
And in the blink of an eye the past begins to fade
So have you ever been caught in a sea of despair?
And your moment of truth
Is the day that you say “I’m not scared”
Sure, the song is about love lost and found again (I think, anyway) and not the “general” challenges of life I was writing about in that last post, but tell me that’s not a nice coincidence. And it was the first song I’d written after I spent a long time drafting a post that talked about fear being the core of being less happy than we otherwise could be.
That’s it. Nothing incredibly in-depth – just one of those awesome moments that appear (seemingly) randomly throughout life. I needed a good lift – and Shinedown provided.by