Take Tomorrow

A point kind of obiter to yesterday’s post about protesting is that, rather obviously, time passes and, as it does, we lose things.

That can be anything from hair to friends to the love of our lives and even the inclination to do things.  Without realising that we don’t have all the time in world, we can put things off and miss opportunities.  So while it feels depressing to talk about loss, not doing so is probably worse.

There is that famous quote by Steve Jobs somewhere along the lines of remember that you’re one day going to die is the best way of avoiding the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.  That’s really where things get kinda funny, because it’s only in realising the limitations of something that we realise the benefit of it and, when put in the context of time, makes phrases such as “Carpe diem” all the more relevant.

However, another Steve Jobs quote is this:

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to be doing what I’m about to do today?

I’ve never, to this day, met someone who is happy with everything.  Sure, I’ve met people who will say that they are.

I’m also aware that I’ll fit in to the bracket of people who will say that I’m happier than a particular alternative.  And when I think about it, that’s where there is a still a difficult balance for me in doing what I want against living in the present and ensuring happiness in the future.  When you can be happy with what you have and treasure the present, even if that isn’t everything, it doesn’t feel that that fits other people’s definition os seizing the day.

You got lost, For a while.
You’ve been trying to find a smile.
You got stood up, then you fell down,
and when you needed , there was no one ’round.
You loved the previews and hate the movie.
You scream at the screen, “Something move me!”
before you start to fade away.

Give me all your fear, Throw it all away.
and think about the good things, no matter what they say,
we’ll take tomorrow baby, yeah,
one day at a time.

You just stare into space,
you found love but it got erased,
you’re on the road with all the stoplights,
and you’re too afraid to turn the wrong from right.
You ate your soul and it made ya fat,
starve yourself from everything else that makes you completely full.
So give me all your fear, throw it all away.
Think about the good things, no matter what they say.
We’ll take tomorrow baby, yeah,
one day at a time.

So you run, so you hide,
and you watched as they die,
they all fell, you could fall too,
or you could sew your wings and try to fly right through.

Give me all your fear, throw it all away.
Think about the good things, no matter what they say.
We’ll take tomorrow baby, yeah,
One day at a time.
One day at a time.

Take Tomorrow (One Day At A Time) by Butch Walker

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