Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives

I was listening to the radio, I don’t generally listen to top 40 / club music, but it was what the boy left on, it’s not that I don’t like it, but I really prefer our local radio station, the mix is good and for the most part the music doesn’t grate on my nerves.

This song came on, I’m not even sure who sings it, I looked up the lyrics, and they were lost on me, except this one line.

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

How true is that? How often do people shuffle off to jobs they hate, to spend time with people they don’t like, only to come home to a miserable relationship? My motto has always been, if it doesn’t make you happy, change it. Life is too short to live a miserable existence, to be unhappy, but so many people do it. Why? Because they are afraid of change? Because they are afraid of the unknown? Because they think for just a split second that they aren’t worthy? I just don’t get it. We all have our insecurities, our quirks, the things that live way deep down that we don’t like or want other people to see, but why do we let those things keep us from living? Its human nature I guess, but I don’t get it.

Living to me, is being happy in my life, relationships, and job. Living to me isn’t measured by the money in the bank, but by the moments that make me who I am. Just like to me success isn’t measured by my job title, or how big of house I have or what kind of car I drive, success to me is how much happiness I have in my life, I have a great house, and the best husband anybody could ask for. But I know that I could live in a camp trailer by the river, and still be happy, and still be living. My life is really good, and I feel like I’m living, not just existing.

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. What does that mean to you?


  1. That's a poignant and awakening lyric. Quality of life is very important to me, too.

    Nice job on the post!

  2. "But I know that I could live in a camp trailer by the river..."

    Change that camp trailer to a VAN and I'd be a happy camper.

    hee hee

    Nice post.

  3. I know it's Van by the river, however I know that a camp trailer would make me happier, so I picked that. Double wide would even be better. But you know what I mean :)

  4. I thought so too Reffie, I've been thinking about it for almost a week. I don't even know the tune to the song, but that lyric just stuck.

  5. Ah, so true! I feel like I've been in a holding pattern lately, being isolated at home and not living fully. Now, if I could spend more time camping by the water with friends...

  6. Winter does that to people, and especially people who are healing from a broken leg....
    PS It's not camping if you live there :)~

  7. I think that's a remarkable statement. I love being "comfortable" but my joy comes from other things than creature comforts. Laughter, love, sex, music, art, children, animals, are all much more important than "comfort" aren't they?

  8. Yeah, things are just things, but it's really living life that makes you rich, and it has nothing to do with money.

  9. Oh! I'm guessing that's a bad thing, sorta the opposite of a twice baked potato? *Which is yummy*.
    I'm sorry you feel that way, I only feel like I died twice if I have a really bad hangover or the flu.

  10. I've always been struck by this line from a Sheryl Crow song:

    "It's not having what you want
    It's wanting what you've got"

    Ain't that the truth? I've tried to interpret that for my ten-year-old who wants everything plus an iPad Touch. So far I haven't gotten through to her.

  11. So I Googled because I had to know. The song is Take Care, by somebody named Drake, who seems quite profound, despite being named Drake. :-)

    "Life is too short to live a miserable existence..."

    I gotta say, whenever someone says life is too short, I always think of George Carlin. He said "Life is too short? What do you do that's longer than your life?"

  12. That's a great quote Nicky, I had never heard that one before, I loved Carlin.

  13. I checked my email before I got ready for work this morning, you earwormed me with that song CG, but that's a great line. When I was a kid I had to be happy with what I had, because it was all I was going to get. If I wanted something else, I had to get a job.

  14. "Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. What does that mean to you?"
    It means tomorrow is promised to no one! And it's important to cherish the happy/positive moments in our lives.

  15. Very profound question. I agree with Meleah. Not one of us is promised a single minute. Circumstances don't have to be ideal for us to look around and find our moments of happiness.

    I know of so many people who have never found their passion for anything. How sad that must be.

    Good post, Madge.

  16. I have a different passion every day, I think it's the a.d.d.

  17. mikewjattoomanymorningsFebruary 9, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Great, now I'm depressed.

    Oh, wait! I have an iPad. Everything's actually fine now.