Life by Des'ree expresses one enjoying the simple pleasures of life, finding joy in the little things.
It has often been said that we spend so much time being busy that we forget to stop and smell the roses, spend time with people who matter the most and in the case of a recent social media flurry over missed opportunities - we forget to "look up."
Des'ree kicks off the song regaling her fear of the dark, not wanting to see a ghost, and for the adventurer inside each of us, we might think that the kind of life that she wants seems a little boring and safe. We all have the "play-it-safe" friends in our circles, the "daredevil" friends who are almost like adrenaline junkies out trolling for the next high. Have you thought about you approach your life?
The song soon shifts from playing it safe to being a daredevil with the following verse:
I'll take you up on a dare
Name the place, I'll be there
Bungee jumping, I don't care
It rings true, that what you get out of life, is totally dependent on what you put in.
There will be those who argue - well you can't always get what you want, you can't always have a fun life if your basic needs aren't attended to first (food, shelter, clothing) - the things that media remind us that are "third world problems" and yet we see the perpetuation of the phrase "first world problems" which are trivial in comparison.
So after all is said and done
I know I'm not the only one
Life indeed can be fun
If you really want to
No we don't want to be Phileas Fogg or Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmanuuel Ambroise Diggs (better known as The Wizard of Oz) travelling around in a balloon, or do we?
The idea of floating around having a fabulous view of wherever you want the balloon to fly really (of course not in the cities where you could cause some accidents in the air), and gaining a larger picture of where you belong in that view from above. Definitely a good time for reflection.
Sometimes living out your dreams
Aint as easy as it seems
You wanna fly around the world
In a beautiful balloon
So live your life the way you want, with all the idiosyncrasies that make you the person you are.
Have the courage to try new things that take you out of your comfort zone and to be completely honest, be past that stage of caring what people think of you. Unless of course you're a politician, then you're in a completely different arena and you have the public to answer to because that's what you signed up for when you represented the people (or the people who voted for you).
Life. . . oh life. . . oh liiiiiiife. . . . oh life. . .