2019. These Days

“Listen! I will be honest with you,

I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,

These are the days that must happen to you…”

Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman

“These are the days that must happen to you”

They’re the ones that make you want to take your next breath

They’re the ones that snatch it clean away

Then beg you to take the next one

Over and over again

Drawing forth, ever onwards

 

“These are the days that must happen to you”

When it’s late and you’re tired

(So tired)

Tired to the core of your being

The tiredness you feel when the streets have stopped being kind to you

The tiredness you feel when the weight of a hundred conversations you had to carry

Start getting you down

 

“These are the days that must happen to you”

And some days, I believe it

Some days, when I’m alone and defeated, I have to believe it

(What else can I do?)

Some days, when I’m at peace and listening, I choose to believe it

The days shrink and grow to fit what you put into them

From adventures to new places

Fitting the raucous laughter of loved ones

To savouring stolen moments

Cradling the comfortable silences

 

“These are the days that must happen to you”

They are a reminder of every breath you take

They are a summation of every moment you make

They are a blessing, a prayer, an ode that rallies you to live every minute of it

They are a gift

That is why it is called ‘the present’

 

“These are the days that must happen to you”

You, who have lived

You, who will live

You, who are yet living

Have you lived?

Will you live?

Are you yet living?

You are the answer to those questions

 

“These are the days that must happen to you”

And you must dare to live them

That’s how you answer the questions

That’s how you discover the new

That’s how you gather the stories

That’s how you sow your legacy

 

– YLM


A Song for the end of the year: ‘Everyday Life’ by Coldplay (But also their whole album of the same name)

A Song for the end of the decade: ‘Shake It Out’ by Florence + the Machine (Which most definitely came out before the TSwift song you just confused it with. It has the quintessential Florence flavour; one part ballad, one part prayer)

Song for the year to come: ‘Second Heartbeat’ by Urthboy, Sampa the Great, and OKENYO (An ode to our roots and how they inspire and guide us)

What’s there to say about this past year/decade that hasn’t already been said? I think my songs of the post echo my sentiments exactly. The first, a prayer. The second, a cleansing. And the third, a case of learning and growing from the past. Here’s to the roaring 20s, friends! May we:

  • Carpe the heck out of every diem
  • Take care of ourselves, others, and the earth
  • Remember that (no matter what happens), “these are the days that must happen to you”. And that means we can learn and grow from them.

Wishing you and yours a safe, prosperous, and invigorating new year. Welcome to the new Roaring 20s!

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