“Live Like You Were Living”
I love Sunday mornings. There are many reasons for my love affair with this particular day, but one of them is the country song countdown on 95.7 The Wolf. Now for all of my country music-hating readers, don’t stop perusing today’s blog just yet…I promise this post will not be a regurgitation of all of my favorite country song lyrics. However, this morning did present itself with an Unexpected Health insight and country music was involved, I confess. Today’s countdown was a recap of the top country songs of the decade. I was secretly (although not so secret anymore) very excited to hear what the no. 1 song of the last 10 years was going to be. I listened to the top 13, 12, 10, 5, 4, 3…and if you read Day 2’s post, you’ll know that I was flooded with amazing memories and experiences as each song played. The DJ finally got to the most popular song of the last 10 years and it was–drum roll please–Tim McGraw’s, “Live Like You Were Dying.” I found it fascinating that THIS song was the no. 1 hit of the decade. For those of you who are not country fans, the song is a story about a son who finds out his dad has cancer and the perspective he gains when sickness, and unfortunately death, strikes close to home. Here’s just a snippet of the song:
“And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
“And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
“To live like you were dyin’.”
You may be wondering what Unexpected Health has to do with Tim McGraw, country song lyrics, or a radio show. As ironic as it sounds, sickness seems to bring about healing, and therefore, health. It may not come in the “health” package we think it should, but it does come. I think about the people in my life who have been sick and how inevitably, healthy changes started taking place in their lives, their attitudes, and their hearts, regardless of whether their physical health changed at all.
To me, the fact that this song was the most popular song of all other country songs in the last 10 years tells me that people are searching; that we as a society are trying to live life with more integrity, without so many defensive walls, and with a more forgiving, loving attitude. The most popular song was not about drinkin’, cheatin’, calf ropin’, or warning mammas about having their babies grow up to be cowboys (cheesy country song joke…sorry), it was about challenging people to live today as if yesterday never existed and tomorrow may never come. How would we act and react if we didn’t have all the protective shields we create in order to avoid being hurt and disappointed? I do not wish sickness on anyone. But I do hope that we are encouraged to live life as if we may or may not have another opportunity to love a little deeper, forgive those we otherwise wouldn’t, and begin living the life we want to live today…not one day later. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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