Life Keeps Moving On

Last Saturday night, I was driving home from Lawrence, Kansas. It's midnight, windows down, and I was shuffling through my Spotify saved tracks... One of my favorite things to do in life is to drive with the windows down and the music up, especially late at night. It just seems so magical. Especially when the perfect song comes along to blow your mind wide open. And that's exactly what happened.

The song of the moment was Ben Rector's 'Life Keeps Moving On.' Here's a video so you can hear it for yourself, or just scroll down for the lyrics. Your choice (although it's quite a beautiful song)...

Lyrics
Here's the truth
Life sucks sometimes
When it hurts so bad that you can't go on
Life keeps moving on

When you feel
That you've been done wrong
When you're sure your world is coming down around you
Life keeps moving on

And it is beautiful and tragic
Different verse, but same old song
Sometimes the only thing you learn is
That life keeps moving on

When it's good
When you're flying higher
When your feet float up above the ground around you
Life keeps moving on

When you're glad
When you're fat and happy
When you don't need for anything
Life keeps moving on, yeah

And it is beautiful and tragic
Different verse but same old song
Sometimes the only thing you learn is
That life keeps moving on

We're better off the sooner that we find
That life is mostly what we choose to see
'Cause whether or not I've got what I want
Life keeps moving on in front of me

At this pace
We're gonna get somewhere
If it's good or bad, if it's slow or fast
Life keeps moving on
And yes, life keeps moving on

Great song, right? The truth is I've been fighting for so long to an idea of how I want/expect my life to be. Lots of angry shouting matches to the Universe. Punching pillows in confusion at why and how I ended up right exactly where I am in this season of life. Not the positive love filled emotions I want to be known for or write about weekly here. 

I understand life isn't always going to be rainbows and unicorns. And it's ok to have some setbacks and struggles sometimes. Without struggle to challenge me, I become stagnant. The key is recognizing how you're actually behaving/thinking/speaking and knowing how you'd rather be behaving/thinking/speaking...and doing your best to do better next time. You act. You think about what you've done. You visualize how you'll act next time. Then you act based on your reflections. Repeat.

That's what's supposed to happen anyway. I'm guilty of doing the work of heavy reflections yet acting the same way, even though I KNOW to the deepest depths of my soul that succumbing to the pain and focusing only on that is keeping me in the exact same space I don't want to be. Focusing so much on what I feel is lacking in my life is keeping me stuck lacking in my life. I KNOW this. 

So when Ben sings the lines...

We're better off the sooner that we find
That life is mostly what we choose to see
'Cause whether or not I've got what I want
Life keeps moving on in front of me

It dawned on me in a whole new way that life is happening. All around me. Good life. Bad life. Just ok life. Life that has no effect on me at all. My kids are growing. I'm growing. Jenny's growing. My friends are dealing with life. They're growing. Life does just keep moving on. And I can fight against that. Or I can accept that. I can choose to succumb to negativity and sadness all the time, or I can search for the wonders and joys and beauty that's found in my life, right now. Either way, life don't really care. It's moving on one way or another.

Then life presented me with an opportunity. I stopped at a QuickTrip to fill up. I went in to go to the restroom and I overheard a kid, maybe 17 years old talking to someone (I'm assuming it was his mom) on the phone. He just looked so nervous, and scared and helpless. I happened to catch bits and pieces of what he was saying. "...my card just isn't working...I'm so low on gas...I don't know how I'm going to get home...I don't know what to do..." I reached into my pocket, pulled out $20, walked around the corner and handed it to him. His eyes lit up, showing a mix of shock, IS THIS REAL LIFE and gratitude. Then I walked to my car and drove home. 

Life, my friends, was moving on for me that evening, and it was moving on for him that evening, too. He was either going to be stuck at a QT in Lawrence, KS, or he was getting home. He was going to either be stressed out, full of anxiety, worrying his mom, or he was getting home. What was I going to use the $20 for that was more important than helping a stranger out in a bind?

In the moment, I wasn't thinking about our financial situation. I wasn't thinking of medical bills. I was choosing to not see all the crap that's been weighing me down lately, but instead realize that life placed me in a situation where I could ease another's burden, even if it's only a small gesture. I could've said to myself, "Sucks to be that kid" and drove on home. Life doesn't care either way. It's moving on for the both of us regardless. 

It was Ben so eloquently stating life is about what we choose to see whether or not we've got what we want. I want to fill my life up with more moments of selfless giving. More moments of love filled conversations. More moments of adventures and dreaming big. More moments of driving with the windows down and good music cranked up reminding me of all the wonderful things we can do with our one precious life. I can have all of those things. None of those things cost me anything but time and effort and life will just keep moving on either way...might as well fill it up with life giving thoughts and actions.

I'd love to hear some of your favorite songs that have helped you make some discoveries in your life. Or even just a favorite song or two that helps you through the tough times. As always, thanks for taking the time to read and share with me.

Namaste
Josh

Josh Solar

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