“I Lived”

I seem to gravitate to songs with the common theme of getting the most out of life. They’re like Pinterest self help quotes for the ears. Although, I wish I was able to deliver on them as easy as the artist convey their message. Lately I’ve been at war with my own thoughts, expectations of myself and from others, anxieties, responsibilities and generally everything else that I know as a result of the choices I make in the attempt to chase this ideal of getting the most out of life. The weight of this war is dragging me down, and I fear I’m getting lost while running on faith fumes that everything will work out.

Some songs with this theme of getting the most out of life are: I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack, Like You’ll Never See Me Again by Alicia Keys and My Wish by Rascal Flats. Now these are artists that aren’t normally on the speaks but these songs I like. Another song is by the group OneRepublic. In general, I’m not a huge OneRepublic fan but their song I Lived fits the mold and it’s one song that lately and I have been listening to a lot. The lyrics and a link to the song are below.

“I Lived”

Hope when you take that jump
You don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises
You build a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out
They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
Is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes
You’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup

I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes
I’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Oh, Oh
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Oh, Oh