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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ARE YOU... TALKING TO ME?!

I always find it amusing albeit odd when out of nowhere things seem to be talking directly to me, like they know how I feel at the moment or something.

I feel sure you've had the same experience as mine. You're pondering over what to do with your vacuous career amid listening to the radio (for background eh?) when the DJ suddenly says to you: "Believe in yourself and you will go far. It worked for me. I'm sure it'll work for you, too."

You're on your way home on a bus perhaps and really feel bent on taking a long time off from your 9-to-5 grind when you happen on a song that goes like: "You'll never enjoy your life living inside the box/ You're so afraid of taking chances/ How you gonna reach the top?"

You're on your insipid way to work and have already labeled the day as ho-hum while looking outside the jeepney window when a car with its rather delightful plate number GOD 100 passes by.

You're like, "Ok, I'm not gonna stress myself with this seemingly unending battle with myself over what my next step will be" by watching your recently discovered highly entertaining TV series when you catch a glimpse of this four-line poem on the screen: "Hold fast to dreams/ For when dreams go/ Life is a barren field/ Frozen with snow." And the list goes on.

"You'll never enjoy your life living inside the box," the song told me then. Curious, I searched for the rest of the song's lyrics on Google and found them to be very apt "words of encouragement" for a scaredy-cat like me.

Waiting Outside the Lines
Greyson Chance

You'll never enjoy your life,
living inside the box
You're so afraid of taking chances,
how you gonna reach the top?

Rules and regulations,
force you to play it safe
Get rid of all the hesitation,
it's time for you to seize the day

Instead of just sitting around
and looking down on tomorrow
You gotta let your feet off the ground,
the time is now

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting,
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

Try to have no regrets
even if it's just tonight
How you gonna walk ahead
if you keep living blind

Stuck in that same position,
you deserve so much more
There's a whole world around us,
just waiting to be explored

Instead of just sitting around
and looking down on tomorrow
You gotta let your feet off the ground,
the time is now, just let it go

Don't wanna have to force you to smile
I'm here to help you notice the rainbow
Cause I know,
What's in you is out there

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting,
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

I'm trying to be patient (I'm trying to be patient)
the first step is the hardest (the hardest)
I know you can make it,
go ahead and take it

I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting I'm waiting
I'm waiting, waiting, just waiting
I'm waiting, waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines
Waiting outside the lines

You'll never enjoy your life
Living inside the box
You're so afraid of taking chances,
How you gonna reach the top?


The poem, I later found out, was penned by Langston Hughes and has a title "Dreams," which reads: "Hold fast to dreams/ For if dreams die/ Life is a broken-winged bird/ That cannot fly/ Hold fast to dreams/ For when dreams go/ Life is a barren field/ Frozen with snow." And I suppose it likewise fits the bill. (I stumbled upon another great poem of Hughes. See it here.)

And so I say props for these inspirational happenstances. I guess, I've got to be talking to them again soon.

2 comments:

joja says:
at: 9:29 AM, June 11, 2011 said...

I guess we are on the same boat lately...

Take courage :) and don't let your fear paralyze you.

You know you have what it takes. God already provided you with the raw materials :) All you need to do is work with them.

ybeth r. says:
at: 7:29 AM, June 14, 2011 said...

thanks for that joja! but now that i'm ok, i hope this time we're also on the same boat...^_^

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