Sunday, August 24, 2008

waiting for my real life to begin

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
I'll stand on the bow, feel the waves come crashing
Come crashing down down down, on me

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart
Let the light shine in
But don't you understand
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

When I awoke today, suddenly nothing happened
But in my dreams, I slew the dragon
And down this beaten path, and up this cobbled lane
I'm walking in my old footsteps, once again
And you say, just be here now
Forget about the past, your mask is wearing thin
Let me throw one more dice
I know that I can win
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
And I'll check my machine, there's sure to be that call
It's gonna happen soon, soon, soon
It's just that times are lean

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart, let the light shine in
Don't you understand
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin


Sue said...

Thanks for posting this. I haven't heard it before. It was beautiful, made me cry.

Dena G said...

LOVE it. Thanks for encouraging me tonight. I think my real life really IS just starting to begin. And it's going to be wonderful.

Glad you're part of the journey, my friend. :-)

wanting more said...

This song is a great reminder for me that right now my family IS my REAL life. I had the continuous thought for so long that one day I would get over having kids and all that goes with it, and start my REAL LIFE, go back to school, go out for drinks...have lots of friends. I had this imaginary life I dreamed of having, but I was missing the life that was going on right in front of me. Now I fluxuate between living the life I'm in and only sometimes dreaming about something else, but I'm enjoying my life more when I jump into it.
So, maybe if we just live the life we're in, instead of fighting it...?

One Voice of Many said...

That's quite the beautiful song. Thanks for posting it!


jON said...

sue - it's good to know you enjoyed this. i believe colin is a local boy of sorts for you aussies. which, i know it's kind of cheap and generic to lump all austrailians together, but in terms of music that americans hear, i can probably name all the austrailan musicians that i know on three fingers. well, four if you're going to count men at work as one and colin's solo career as separate entities. then there's colin's niece sia fuhrler and of course, the almighty ac/dc. (bon scott years)

dena, it is always a shot of pure adrenal joy when i am able to post something that rouses you into speech and let's us know you're still with us.

kari, i know exactly what you mean. that is actually the epiphany i had when watching the matrix reloaded if you can believe it. you just need to accept your station in life. where you are and who you are. you need to love it for all its worth because you never know when or if its going to change. and if you're always waiting for it to, you will never be able to enjoy the moment you're in.

how i take this song, however, is one level deeper than that. to think more in the arena of us being eternal beings. or do we not all agree on that?

i suppose that would definitely flavor the conversation a little differently. if you don't think beings are eternal, my response would be completely different. and i don't want to presume on you, or anyone following along.

so i'll ask the question... do you(anyone) believe life is eternal?

(there is no right answer as far as i'm concerned, so if you have a unique viewpoint, or a completely common viewpoint, i'd love to hear it.)

michelle - a pleasure as always.

Sue said...

Sia is Colin's niece? Are you serious? Wow! I've got a CD of hers - she's fabulous. And hey Colin is actually Scottish, but we claim anyone who's lived here for longer than a couple of years :)

wanting more said...

Personally I hope that THIS life is not eternal. Deep down I believe that we will move into a different type of "being" after death. I have the hope of an afterlife, but I don't believe that THIS life is eternal. When the Bible says eternal life, I always defined it as going to heaven instead of hell. Now, I'm not so sure what it means. I do have several questions for God (which I'm sure won't matter if I am face to face with the I AM), and I can't wait to see my mom...wherever and however that may take place, I honestly believe it will.

wanting more said...

hmmm. eternal spiritual life. yes. I believe.

jON said...

if colin is scottish then he misrepresented himself with that whole "down under" thing. but i suppose "we come from the canada of england" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

yes, sia IS colin's niece. that i know for sure. and i am SO pleased to know you know who she is. which cd do you have? my wife and i catch her every time she comes to town. which is odd because we don't go see any other concerts. but we've seens her 6 times solo and the one time she came through with zero 7.

if you have the chance, go. seriously, that girl can sing her ass off. and she's so much FUN. the warmth of her person just pervades the venue.

"Personally I hope that THIS life is not eternal."

i don't think i could have summed it up any better myself. your statement gets to the heart of this post and the previous one. it's not that i can't live here or that i never find any peace or enjoyment. rather that i just think, existentially speaking, that it is a complete waste of a life compared to what it COULD be. (collectively speaking. what is happening on the world stage) i know that i cannot change the entire world. all i can do is work on myself, and work tirelessly on helping others to better themselves or their situations.

but i too believe that there will be more later. i have met way too many cool people who i need more time with. and way too many beautiful people with whom i've never spent any face to face time with. such as you guys. and people who went before that i never had the opportunity to meet. and in some way, us being gathered together in some fashion, to spend an eternity doing who knows what...

it is THAT life i am most curious about and eager to start. and some days, when THIS life is piling up to my eyes, songs like this help me to recenter myself. and, if it's really bad, just give me the hope to hang on. because i know one day, my real life will begin. which, if it is going to outlast THIS life by trillions and trillions of years stretching on towards infinity... i think that makes it more real than the "now."

i have, however, been reflecting on your comments about the here and now. and the importance of what lies before us in the moment. to simply start where we are at and not ignore what's right underneath our noses. family is a big one. the world needs beautiful people, and paying attention to your children and their inner beings is one of the more important things we can do, in my opinion.

Sue said...

The Sia album I have is Colour The Small One. I first came across her when Six Feet Under played Breathe Me over my best 5 minutes of television in the last episode and so I bought the album. Was pleasantly surprised to discover she is an Aussie.

Must go see her. She has a bit of a cult following, doesn't she.

Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

I've loved that song ever since I first heard the cast of Scrubs sing it in an episode years ago. I quickly discovered all the wonderful work Colin Hay had done since Men At Work. Great stuff!

According to wikipedia Hay moved to Australia at the age of 14.

jON said...

welcome, mike. always good to see a new face around here. feel free to mingle, there should be some refreshments around here somewhere. although they're probably a little stale. been awhile since someone brought anything. but here's some gummi bears that have been in my pocket. they're still warm.

Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

Ok, I'm doubling my normal award of 10 points. You get 20 points for the Ferris Bueller reference! ;-)