I had the Bleacher’s song, I Wanna Get Better in my head this morning. I love that song because every day I choose to improve and look for ways to get better at whatever, at everything, even at nothing. I thought of including a link to it so I checked out YouTube and then wasn’t so sure when I read the lyrics. I knew some of them but when you just read it, it can come across as pretty harsh and contrary to how we think here at Lovestartswithme. So I started to scrap the idea.
But then I dug a little deeper. Turns out the lyricist had written an account of his life in this song. He recounts his experience as a kid knowing he was called, seeing the horror of 9-11, and then his sister dying and his incredible loss with that and the downward spiral into drugs as he tried to cope with it all. Then his sister comes to him in a dream and shows him how a life can move from the darkness and tells him to get better. So he kills the demon in his head.
I may be paraphrasing and certainly I haven’t interviewed anyone for this so my interpretation could be off on some points. It is how I choose to perceive the song, anyway, so that is really all that matters as I listen or sing it to myself.
I think there are two lessons here today. One is that we can always get better, if we choose to do so. The other is that we can choose our own meaning for everything. It is personal and private and we can look at the world, and art especially, in any way that resonates with us. We do it all the time unconsciously anyway, so why not give yourself permission to look at things in a way that helps you?