Tuesday, January 15, 2008

100 Years...

I heard 100 Years by Five for Fighting on the radio, and I thought of a friend who is struggling. Lyrics are below the post.

I didn't really have the words to comfort them, because the struggle is as much a part of us as being born, breathing, and dying.

Grieving the time past is a natural and normal part of getting older, our mortality is part of who we are as human beings. (You just can't let it immobilize you!)

Examining your past achievements and failures is a good way to move forward in a positive way into the future, and self-examination helps you to stay on track to what you *really* want to be/do/achieve.

The lesson here?

If there is something that you want to do, figure out what is necessary to get it done, and DO IT.

Travel, save the whales, run for office, start a family, take belly-dancing lessons … whatever it is, whatever you want, you CAN have it.

If you are willing to work for it, save for it, plan for it.

If you love someone, tell them. Whether it's your spouse, your parent, or your friend. You never know the last time that you will see someone. If someone has made your life better because you knew them, tell them so. You never know the struggles that someone is going through, your telling them may encourage them to keep going.

We are born, we are young, we are older, and before we know it, we have families, responsibilities, and duties. While we are dealing with those day-today things, time is mercilessly marching on. We look up again, and we've been on the job/in the industry ten years. Fifteen years. Twenty years. Time to retire. In a few years, if it is meant to be, we'll be 100.

And what have we done?

Are we better people than we were all those years ago? Are we wiser? Are the people around us better people because of our influence?

Do the people who matter most to you KNOW THAT? Do you tell them AND show them how important they are?

We are all dying. Seize the day. It's later than you think.


"100 Years" [thanks to Solomon Broad for the song link]

I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way
A family on my mind

I'm 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

15 I'm all right with you
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you're wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm 99 for a moment
Dying for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

15 there's still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you're on your way
Every day's a new day...

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

Link to these lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fiveforfighting/100years.html
Lyrics from http://www.azlyrics.com/

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2 opinions on this post:

Solomon Broad said...

I love the song. While I don't very often say to people that I'm grateful for them, i do try to show it (and blog about it).

Solomon Broad said...

I found the song on Youtube, if anyone wants to listen.

Click here.