Saturday, June 1, 2013

I shot for the sky, I thought I could fly

"So why did you chose to take up this responsibility when you are have trouble committing to it now?" - A random friend

I recently found a song by Jason Walker called Down, and it was one of the songs where every single word in the lyrics seems to resonate with your life, like something that makes you ago, "Aha!", and you end up listening to it over and over again for the rest of the day. Below is the video and lyrics:





Lyrics

I don't know where I'm at
I'm standing at the back
and I'm tired of waiting

Waiting here in line
hoping that I'll find
what I've been chasing

I shot for the sky
I'm stuck on the ground
so why do I try
I know I'm gonna fall down
I thought I could fly
so why did I drown
I'll never know why it's coming down down down

Not ready to let go
Cause then I'd never know
What I could be missing

But I'm missing way to much
so when do I give up
what I've been wishing for

I shot for the sky
I'm stuck on the ground
so why do I try
I know I'm gonna fall down
I thought I could fly
so why did I drown
I'll never know why it's coming down down down

Oh I am going down down down
Can't find another way around
and I don't wanna hear the sound
of losing what I never found

I shot for the sky
I'm stuck on the ground
so why do I try
I know I'm gonna fall down
I thought I could fly
so why did I drown
I'll never know why it's coming down down down

I shot for the sky
I'm stuck on the ground
so why do I try
I know I'm gonna fall down
I thought I could fly
so why did I drown
Oh it's coming down down down




They say as you grow older, you gradually become more pessimistic with life, jaded in a way, where the optimism and energy of your youth is gradually replaced with routine and normalcy. I cannot help but to agree wholeheartedly with this observation. Everywhere we look, we cannot help but see kids who want to do so much in their life finding out that as they grow older, life is no fairy tale. From our dreams to be a singer, an actor or a president for example, we learn that life is never so simple, that we are often limited by our own personality, society and circumstances.

The past year itself has truly been a humbling journey. Just like the song says, I shot for the sky, I thought I could fly but it turns out that reality was never as simple as one would imagine it to be. Halfway through my journey, I had to face the ugly truth that I am not who I think I was. Far from my ideals, I ended up becoming the person that I never knew I was, not the superman that I had imagined but rather an average normal person, just like everyone else.

I'm not saying that being like everyone else is bad, it's just that in our lives, we always strive to be different from others in a good way, to find our identity in this world, which is why we often do things we do. To be the most popular singer, to be the fastest runner, to be the best gamer, all of this are done in our search for an identity and often, we have to come face to face with the truth that not everyone can reach their dreams. For every person who succeeds, there would be 9 other who failed. It's not that the 9 did not put effort into chasing their dreams or whatsoever, but more often than not, life does not simply allow for all the 10 to succeed and reach their dreams. It's the system. Ultimately, the world needs followers and peasants to keep it functioning, because after all, it's simply not logical to have 10 leaders and no one to lead.

The sad truth is that while most of us would want to be at the top, ultimately most of us will end up at either the middle or bottom. Because that is life. And life is never fair.


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