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Why We Care

I’ve been contemplating why we care so deeply when we lose famous people. Why is it someone that we’ve never met, and probably never would have, has impacted us so greatly we genuinely grieve when they’re lost to us as a person?

Listening to music from some of those we lost this year, many songs struck me as pertinent. So many in fact, they should be an MTV or VH1 channel. These songs each individually express how I feel, yet do not encompass all my emotions. As these multitude of emotions freely flowed, I witnessed a pattern. I think i see why I care. In case this matches your feelings of hurt and loss, I thought I’d share. 

Losing someone who touched me, whose artistry resonated with my very sense of self, feels like I’ve lost part of me. And I have, I’ve lost friends, family, relationships, youth, naïvety, TIME. Knowing these amazing public figures, many of whom literally defined stages or moments of our life, are gone means we can’t have those moments back. 

This is hard. 

I don’t want to be reminded of all I’ve lost, all that’s been, all that I can’t have back. Yet…

As I go down memory lane I find myself smiling more than grieving. Remembering the good times and the losses with a sense of renewed vigor. I’ve had a pretty good run and am so touched that I was open to the sweet touch of genius shared with us all. 

Grieve, remember and move on to the enjoy your next moment, the next artist who comes into our lives. I think Prince’s Pop Life is the right way to sign off. 

 

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Inference

How do you interpret data that has no context? We of course filterpret everything through our personal construct. But what happens when the crate has no records? 

Well of course your brain still tries to fill the  gaps! But should you let it? Can you trust that whatever hodge-podge of experiences your subconscioushas pulled   together as relevant, as appropriate and will lead you on a satisfactory path?

As I’m going through this exact conundrum a lot recently, I can share I don’t trust the answers my “primal” brain is giving. Yet, I grasp for the certainty those biased answers afford; because it’s very uncomfortable to have to react (since no reaction is still a decision) with absolutely no experience to draw from.

In the end, I’d rather flounder and grasp for cohesive flakes in a snow storm, than accept my brains random inferences of meaning. I like thinking my slower cognitive mind is discovering new meaning, instead of my “faster” core processor pulling meaning out of thin air!  One can only hope that those who are wittingly and unwittingly walking the path with me are patient. 

Emotion Twofer

My friend shared the image below in Facebook the other day. I found the share to be rather timely as I’ve been working through the interconnection of Happiness, Fear and Sadness.

I had a stark reminder that sometimes moments, and extended periods, of happiness can also elicit fear and sadness. I found myself spending far too much time contemplating this oddity and why it occurs. I had already begun the process of “flow-thru” as I call it, when I saw this post, which helped me finish the process and let go.

When we fight to push away or hold onto an emotion, we forget that they are natural and don’t need to be “dealt with” and aren’t meant to last forever. Inside Out the movie is a great attenpt at teaching younger children this concept. As adults we can emulate the concept shared below, and remember we will fail and we will get better with practice. 

I leave you with the song I was thinking of on this Topic for Diggin in the Crates, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith.  

 

For the Start of Your Drinking Pleasure

Diggin in the Crates for some Flogging Molly! Great video of one of their first songs! 

Hold

So I’m nearly 2 weeks into being sick and diggin deeper than ever in the crates. I’m pulling out old stories, notes, books, TV shows and of course music. As I do this I keep running into songs by the Blastmaster KRS-ONE; who was a key reason I first stepped into hip-hop all those years ago. I find his messages and music still resonate today!

Here’s one of his classics Hold, that caught my mind on a recent listen. A key lyric for thought “My needs and wants messed up my life on a whole”. Essentially he says in the song, and in general, we need have to better understanding of our needs and wants. If we mix these up and place wants in the need category, or pay too much attention to the wants over the needs, our lives are bound to become screwed up.

We hear this refrain all the time, but how often does it sink in? How easily do we convince ourselves that we need something that is not vital to our existence? 

Although I work on this issue continuously, I can admit with no sarcasm or trepidation, this is a problem with which I still struggle! Right now, I find it necessary to try and keep track (not quite, but almost on a daily basis) of what I really need. 

Self-Love

Self-Respect

Self-Acceptance

Food

Sleep

Health

Empathy towards myself and others 

If believe if I possess these and keep them full and present in my daily trials, many of the wants that are important to us all are likely to also be present. 

The Love of Others

The Love of my Children

My Love of Others

Self-actualization

Diggin in the Crates with Biz

Simply because he’s the Biz!

Make the Music with Your Mouth

Catching the Vapors

And a Mature Classic Pickin Boogies 


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