May Day Challenge – May 1st

MDBC2016My friend and I got involved in the April A-Z blogging challenge and it motivated us to post 26 blogs. Now we find ourselves on April 30th worried all of that momentum will go to waste. But fear not, we came up with a great idea, the May Day Blogging Challenge. Check the previous post for details.

May 1st – Easy

I was looking for some historical events that happened on May 1st, and in music history I discovered that on May 1, 1972, the Eagles released their first single, “Take it easy”. Some of the notable lyrics to that song state, “we may lose, and we may win, but we will never be here again”.

That got me to thinking about life and how short it is and how important it is to cherish every moment. Trite, I know, but hang on, there’s more. I’ve lost a lot during my lifetime, but I’ve had some wins too. What’s most important though is the fact that I’ve tried. In fact, I have tried really hard.

Sometimes I feel stagnant, like I’m spinning my wheels, not accomplishing anything or obtaining what I want. Those are the times when the little nagging voice says, “Why bother? Why try if you’ll probably fail? Why not just quit now and save yourself the pain or the heartbreak?”

I’ll tell you why. It’s simple really. The only times in life that I have come even close to having what I want are the times when I’ve thrown out the rulebook, cast off negativity, and jumped in with my eyes half-open. It is scary; Super scary. And a few times I’ve crashed and burned, hard. But I’m still here.

That seems like a silly statement: “I’m still here”. But I have to remind myself of it all the time. Every time I’m afraid to take a chance or try something new for fear of a bad outcome, I end up coming back to the same thing. Yes, I’ve messed things up in the past, and I’ve had some rotten luck, and I’ve put my heart and soul into things only to be disappointed, but “I AM STILL HERE”.

Even though the Eagles said all those years ago “we will never be here again”, I’m pretty sure they were talking about being “here” in this very moment, with choices and options and decisions and “life” in front of us. They were telling us to seize the moment, so to speak, to take chances and grab what we want instead of waiting around. And they were telling the world to “take it easy” on us because we are doing the best we can.

So in their immortal words, as the song continues, I say to everyone out there and everything that is or will or should be mine, “open up, I’m climbing in, so take it easy”.

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