BETTER PART 4: LOSE YOURSELF IN THE MUSIC.
I’m not sure how it started but at any given point, in what might appear to be a serious conversation with someone, I’ll randomly provide what they think is going to be the best advice I’ve ever offered. When the time is right I’ll say “You know what you need to do, right?” which is always followed by “What’s that?”. I’m very careful with what follows next because it has to be perfect and timed just right. Sometimes I’ll start it with “Well . . .” or just pause for a few seconds before I offer my mind blowing advice, which is then “You need to lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it . . .”. Haha, once the person realizes that I just fed them a line from Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”, the response is always “Ah man! Shut up!” and sometimes even a “Fuck you!” followed by some laughing.
You have to admit though, that line is a great piece of advice and it really can apply to just about anything. Most of all it can serve as a mantra for everyday life in this crazy messed up world. Yes, that’s right, this world sucks. It’s mean, has no mercy and wants to beat the shit out of us every day. We need inspiration everyday just to make it through sometimes, and this one line in a song can be just that.
If I ever give you those lines as advice, I may be playing, but at the same time I really do believe that we should lose ourselves in the music. The “music” is life, and the song is different everyday and sometimes the music is a moment in the day or a moment in time that is simply asking for us to get lost in it. That moment can be anything from a spur of the moment job opportunity, a first kiss, an opportunity to give back, or it could be you riding your bike home and getting caught in the rain. You could get pissed that you’re getting all wet or you could simply embrace the rain, get lost in that moment, and enjoy what many kids would love to do everyday . . . play in the rain.
Living a life of “getting lost in the music” is an attitude. It’s taking everyday and whatever it brings and being willing to embrace whatever it is that life lays in front of you. It’s being flexible and not taking life so damn serious. It’s being free, it’s listening, it’s following your heart, it’s feeling the beat of life and moving with it. There will be many many moments in your day where you will feel like you are “owning it”, and you should always be prepared to lose yourself in those.
Life is too short to not take advantage of moments that could change your life forever and if you’re not listening to the right “song”, you could miss them. If you watched Eminem’s movie 8 Mile, then you know what the basis of his song is about. In the movie he’s one of the best rappers in town yet he chokes in an opening scene rap battle out of fear and intimidation. It’s not until he goes through some life situations that he is finally able to stand up and show what he’s made of. It’s then that he is able to literally destroy every rapper that he battles on stage, ultimately winning and walking away as the champion that night.
What “music” is playing right now in your life? What beat are you moving to? Whatever it is, let it move you. Feel the music. Dance. Move your feet, your hips, your hands. Lose yourself in the music, the moment you own, don’t ever let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, cause opportunity comes once in a lifetime.