Wednesday, 28 March 2012

How Will I Know?

One great thing about being human is that we're all in this together. I use the word "great" when it's actually more to do with  realising that for all our individual insecurities, worries, negative self-talk and self consciousness, it's healthy to know that everyone else out there has issues, problems and so on. We're all connected like that.

Whether it's asking the big questions in life or what I'm having for dinner, for some reason I've been forgetting this basic fact that is part of the human condition. Call it ego or lack of awareness but in recent weeks I've somehow chosen to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, often in relation to some really mundane issues - how to budget, how to focus more on retirement, the right kind of business enterprise for me etc. It's as if I've forgotten how to trust myself, my instincts, the universe. Today, though, I took a day off, found a bit of perspective and remembered the art of chilling. Sometimes you've just got to realise that not all the answers will be on a plate for you but to believe that, like everyone else out there, growing is what being human is about and we've all got what it takes to keep learning. 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Daydream Believer

First Whitney, now Davy. Today I heard about the passing of Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees. Many a drunken student disco was sprinkled with a dash of 'Daydream Believer'. It was the anthem for the incoherent and uncoordinated. You could sway and scream to it and it was socially very acceptable. Everyone knew all the words without actually knowing the words. But for me the song has such a beautiful sentiment. Daydream Believer. We all need a bit of that kind of hope. 

As for Whitney Houston, what a singer and what wonderful memories I have from her songs. I think I must have learned all the words to all the songs on her first album. I was that entranced. And regardless of her well-documented troubles, if she is going to be remembered for anything, at least remember the sentiments of her biggest hit: I Will Always Love You,

Thank you Davy and Whitney.