They told him don't you ever come around here
Don't wanna see your face you better disappear
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It. . .
I'm not advocating for gang violence. This isn't the motivation for the selection of this song for today's blog post. I'm honouring a song request for Beat It by Michael Jackson from my brother in Prairievale, Fairfield City, NSW, Australia.
It's always a difficult situation to be in and you often wonder how do you handle it?
How do you handle being met with threats when your presence is not wanted or needed? (this excludes being legally required to be there, the other party wouldn't have a choice)
When you are made to feel unwelcome, you might think - did I do something to offend that person?
You might go through your internal movie reel in your mind to try to retrace your steps to pinpoint the specific actions that has caused the situation. Is it your fault, is it that other person's fault? Whose fault is it? Is there anybody at fault? Is finding someone to blame going to solve the problem?
If you are intent on being tough - "beating it" may not be the answer to the problem. Would you be prepared to stick it out and hang in there - maybe even try to reason with that other person. . .
You better run, you better do what you can
Don't wanna see no blood, don't be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad
But that's externally - but what about internally?
This verse makes me think about an internal dialogue with yourself, when you're feeling unsure in a situation so you're thinking about what it is you're going to decide - the duality of a situation and weighing up the pros and cons. It's the classic 'should I stay' or 'should I go' - thinking about the consequences of your words and actions - will it inflame or deflate?
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin' how funky strong is your fight
It' doesn't matter who's wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it,
Beat it, beat it, beat it. . .
Whatever you decide to do - back yourself.
The only things that should 'beat it' is the uncertainty and doubt that rob you of a life worth living.