Tracey Chapman has been on my mind today. Getting older means more responsibilities, more anchors, more worries, more debt. Gone is the carefree recklessness of youth, the assuredness of your immortality. Responsibilities can make travelling harder, put it on the back burner, sacrifice it for tax payments or that new car you need.
You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way
You can get worried about settling down, following the grown up rule book and join the rat-run, sacrificing your travel goals, wishes and desires, along with all those other dreams you had. Just because you have grown up, why does that mean you have to put aside everything you’ve wanted to save and worry and wallow in misery?
I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving
In the end, there is no reason to really.
Make the most of your life and do everything you’ve ever wanted to do. Life is too short, and you never know when it might end. The biggest regret you will have is unfinished deeds, unsaid words and missed experiences. Sure, travelling to Bali might hit your balance a bit, but isn’t the happiness and memories worth it? You definitely aren’t going to remember the days counting your pennies in a small room and stashing them away to never use.
So remember when we were driving driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone
Don’t let worry get to you. Don’t get dragged down into a never-ending downward spiral, repetition of monotony or a resignation for the mundane. Go out and get better, find the extraordinary. Find out who you are, and be someone awesome. Be yourself.
And if you don’t mind sharing your fast car, i’ll be grinning from the passenger seat.
See you tomorrow,
(all quotes are from he wonderful Tracey Chapman, Fast Car. You can listen to it here)