Sometimes it feels like there is a hole in my head and every good thought or feeling that I ever had has escaped into space. The best of me has leaked out and been replaced with a humorless mist and the kind of ghosts that whisper everything but encouragement. I wander around blind and empty with no positivity whatsoever. Reminding myself that this is not a unique moment in human history, I press on.
Most people have secret sorrows that they refuse to share with the rest of the world, and we call them cold or angry when they are only sad. When someone is sad, truly sad, you are at a loss on how to reach them. And, when you are that unreachable person, you feel exactly the same about them. Like a dog shot into space, we are often unable to comprehend or express the full extent of what is happening to us. However, you can rest assured, that someone has felt it before. You might never meet them but they are out there and managed to persevere. It doesn’t matter if you are scared, lonely, deceived by a friend, or just realized that you will never be with that person you truly love. You can find a way to continue on.
The hardest thing about having a dream is living with whatever happens to you when it dies.
THIS. That’s all I can say.
“The Wind Cries Mary”? OMG
And I needed the reminder of this message. Thank you.
Other songs that made the list:
R.E.M. – ‘Everybody Hurts’
Harry Chapin – ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’
Hank Williams – ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’
Janis Ian – ‘At Seventeen’
Michael Jackson – ‘Ben’
Radiohead – ‘Creep’
Eric Clapton – ‘Tears in Heaven’
Jimmy Buffett – ‘Margaritaville’
“The Living Years” – Mike and the Mechanics
“You Never Even Called Me By My Name “-David Allen Coe
Yeah life is shit – until we stop taking it seriously!!! :)
Have a great week my friend!!! :)
Glad to know we are not alone :)
And Matt, can I just say that I had started following a lot of fellow WordPress bloggers and you are the only one I still read on a regular basis? Just sayin’.
You have awful taste. What keeps bringing you back?
Good post. Great opening paragraph. Hilarious cartoon. How ’bout “My Heart Can’t Tell You Know” by Rod Stewart?
Another good pick. I’d definitely try it out and see if it plays.
Delicious. I miss the fuck out of you, man.
What beautiful prose. There are only a few times when I read a blog post that I’m truly touched by the words. This is one of those times.
Press on. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
“The hardest thing about having a dream is living with whatever happens to you when it dies.”
That’s seriously too good for a blog.
How do you even know “At Seventeen?” I was in kindergarten when it came out, which means you weren’t even born yet.
I am aware of a great many things that occurred prior to my birth. Did you know I double majored in college? My second degree is in history.
The history of what? Time Life’s “Ultimate Love Ballad Collections?”
All snark aside, this post was fantastic. I’d like to borrow the quote I referenced above and devote a whole post to it.
Do I have to pay you royalties?
Of course he knows about At Seventeen! I love Bach’s French Suites and they came out long before I was even an egg. I just saw some Shakespeare and that shit’s about 400 years old. Some things are immortal. Like Twelfth Night. And At Seventeen
Twelfth Night and At Seventeen?
The only thing those two things have in common are numbers in the title. You silly.
See what I did there? That’s my talent. If only I could parlay it into a paying gig.
I wonder if anyone has said “You know about the moon landing? But you were only born in 1977, it’s before your time.”
Great art and events endure time much better than people.
“I Can’t Tell You Why” The Eagles
“I Hate Myself And I Want To Die” Nirvana
The Nirvana pick for sure.
I’m not a huge Eagles fan. I respect their longevity and all but there’s no Eagles on my iTouch. But that song kills me. I have absolutely no idea why. I can’t explain it. It’s like I still watch Survivor on TV and don’t know why.
This is so good I almost wanted to feel sad so you could make me feel better with this post. Unfortunately for you I am, unusually, in an insanely good mood today. We’ve all been there though haven’t we, and are likely to return… great song choices btw!
Your words say “I’m in an insanely good mood” but your profile photo says “I’m a pensively sad beauty.”
that is actually my *serious artist contemplating the meaning of life over a glass of wine* expression.
I can see it. Full support.
I love Trouble but can’t stand the maudlin Tears in Heaven. I was tired of Tears in Heaven the first time I heard it. Just thought you’d like to know.
Agreed. I know it’s about his dead son or whatever but it’s a garbage song.
I’m sorry for his son but that song has no more depth of feeling than a Hallmark greeting card you picked up at the last minute from Duane Reade. Trouble, on the other hand, is a particularly grueling therapy session.
Verbatim from FB yesterday (must be something in the queens air)… PSA: Being in a good mood 24/7 is not the sign of a healthy, well adjusted individual — it’s a sign of somebody that’s ignorant of themselves. Yes, I’m in a shit mood. Yes, I’m ok with that. I’m just gonna be quiet and figure it out for a bit, so I can make changes tomorrow.
Love this blog 👌
Just wanted to put in my vote for the Johnny Cash/Nick Cave cover of “I’m So Lonesome,” and pop in two more suggestions:
Georgia Lee, by Tom Waits
Mary, by Oingo Boingo
Great post! Good thing I read it on my birthday so my hopes remain up, but don’t get too high.
can i clone your brain? preferably into someone of the male persuasion that lives here within a vicinity of me? great post. your one line zingers, they get me. also, i figured out how to reply on my app. turns out theres a big difference in my brain functionality between 1030pm and 2am.
Really? I just keep getting sharper and sharper.
Nice blog :)
I can relate to everything you say. Unfortunately not in words as well written, but it’s how I feel most days. I simply spew out brain vomit on my blog to cope with it.