Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

The Life Uncommon

I have had a song stuck in my head recently. It’s strange, because I haven’t actually heard the song in a long time, but it is stuck nonetheless. Jewel sings “Life Uncommon,” and as we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S. and I contemplate blog topics in the same vein, the chorus is ringing in my head.

One line in particular –

No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from.

I think everyone, deep down, wants to live a great and happy life. But in the course of the day to day -paying the bills, running errands, going to work, doing the dishes – we get stuck. We lose track of happy. We are too exhausted to even contemplate great.

We get so caught up in dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and checking off our to-do lists that we lose sight of who we really aspire to be at our core.

What are your dreams? What makes you tick?

Are you chasing them? Are you doing something that kicks your skirt up every week, if not every day?

I know I get stuck in ruts so deep I can’t see over the edge. And when this happens, I feel like I don’t have the time or energy to do something for the pure enjoyment of it. Weeks go by, months!

Then I find myself tentatively taking a baby step toward that dream or passion and I can feel my soul saying, “Ahhh, there you are!”

To be truly free, we need to find a way to be true selves, to wear our passion on our sleeves for the world to see, to let our light shine bright and happy and unafraid.

I wish this independence from that which you wish to be from to all of us.

 

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