Today’s daily prompt is about a song that brings back memories. Oh, do I have a million of those. But I chose one, one that brings back good and bad memories. One that comes on when I’m driving and I blast the music, sing along, and always get the lyrics wrong. Listen along to the song while you share my memory…It’s a good song, I promise.
I’ve seen Dave Matthew’s 3 different times but the first time was in Chicago, with a group of guys. I was with someone at the time, who I’ve written about before…but won’t dig deeply into that. I will say, however, that I was well on the path to diggin’ my ditch and this ditch was an unhealthy relationship (do you see a pattern here??) and it took me two years to get myself out.
For some reason, I found this alcoholic and asshole-ness very attractive. Perhaps because I had not yet learned to love myself. I was diggin’ a ditch. This song asks you to unplug the TV, turn off the phone, and do more with your life. But what was I doing? Nothing. I was stagnant and lived through his ridiculousness. I was unhealthy and unhappy…obviously, look at the photo above.
Sometimes listening to DMB makes me sad, but other times, it makes me feel alive. Through these experiences, I’ve learned more about myself than ever before. Sometimes I like a song, sometimes I don’t. At first, this song made me sad, but then, as I grew, it started to make me happy.
And being happy is what matters. Find happiness through the pain. Remember the good times and the bad. Don’t dwell on the bad. We go through things to learn. We learn and change and adapt and grow. If we didn’t take the good and the bad, where would we be left? At the bottom of the grave, wishing we did something more, dug a little deeper, climbed out and started again…or maybe, just maybe, we learn to love ourselves.