if music is your thing, then do your thing.
As we grow and we change, we learn to appreciate the little things, and we learn to love in different ways. We come to realize that it is not always about the sex and the drugs and the rock and roll. We come to appreciate the people who are truly important in our lives; like we should have been doing all along.
We come to wonder, sometimes, just exactly what it is that we’re doing here. Sometimes we lose our way, sometimes we struggle. We become a singer who can’t find the words, a painter who can’t hold the brush. A writer who has forgotten how to write.Eventually we come to realize that to struggle is to be human. That our struggles are shared, that they are yet another tie that binds you to me to those hipsters suddenly taking over our favorite bar. And that helping someone up when they fall ensures that they will be that much more ready to help out the next person who needs it. Which is a beautiful a thing, especially if you happen to be that next person who needs it. We come to realize that helping others is exactly the same as helping ourselves.
And though we’ve suspected it for awhile now, we come to truly know that mysterious smiles on cute strangers in dark bars are some of the most exciting things in life. And we are reminded that sometimes it is actually about the sex and the drugs and the rock and roll. And that’s okay too.
We can learn to appreciate things that we don’t understand. We can admit when we don’t have any idea what we’re talking about; because we’re curious, we want to learn. We can see the beauty in each other’s passion, even if that passion isn’t our own.
And we come to realize that every conversation is not a battle. And for there to be winners, there must also be losers, and sometimes winning means losing, in the grand scheme of things. We come to understand that communication is not just talking, but it is also listening. We come to find that compliments, small and easy, but sincere compliments can completely change the course of someone’s day.
We come to see that doing things the right way, is just as important as what we do. We learn that setting a good example will never go out of style, and that there is always room for improvement.
We come to value things like cookouts, and patios, and sunshine, and beers with friends, and dancing, and live music, and late night conversations, and the gentle rain outside the window at night, and lying in bed with someone special, and lying in bed alone, and intramural sports, and shared secret kisses, and walks along the waterfront, and street cart vendors, and travel, and visitors, and family. We come to value things without price tags.
And we learn to appreciate the little things, like waking up at 4:30 am on a rainy Portland morning and suddenly remembering how to write.
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