When does real life begin?


I have my “morning inspiration time” during my planning period every day while listening to the Avett Brothers Pandora station. Today I heard this song and it spoke to me, probably because we’ve been watching hours upon hours of Lost in my house the past few nights. But, on a serious note, I think we all live like this at times…like we’re waiting for the “real” stuff, and all of this other stuff is just a dress rehearsal. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties tht it hit me that THIS is the real stuff, and we don’t get a practice run on life. I think the sooner we realize it, the sooner we can really start living, and I hope this song inspires you to do just that.

“Waiting for my real life to begin”–Colin Haye

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

On a clear day

I can see, see for a long way
On a clear day
I can see, see a very long way

Possible Journal topics:
1. What are you checking the horizon for? What is on “your ship”?
2. How are your dreams different than your reality?
3. How can you “be still…open up your heart, let the light shine in”?
4. Would you like to “just be here now” or keep hoping/waiting for that ship?

And for fun: If you were stranded on an Island, like those plane-crash survivors on Lost, would you live in the hopes of a rescue (closer to the shore where people can see you, etc.) or would you live in the “reality” of the situation (make the island your home and adapt to it as if you may never leave)?

Photo taken and edited by one of my students

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