Friday, 17 October 2014

I can go the distance. . .

I almost forgot that Michael Bolton sang this song.  I remember him for his tracks I said I loved you but I lied, How am I supposed to live without you and other power ballads that would assail my ears each evening on the "love songs till midnight" radio station.  (You know, when you go through that romantic phase of new love and every love song you hear, you think the singers knows your situation intimately).

I have often dreamed, of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome, would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer, when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying, this is where I'm meant to be

The tension-building keyboard and triumphant trombone introduction of Go the Distance almost hails a reference to Mount Olympus, the residence of the Greek/Roman gods.  The song talks about the trials that Hercules/Heracles must face in order to prove himself the son of a god.  How often have we felt like we have had to constantly prove ourselves to others, to show that you have the necessary skills, knowledge, expertise to do work that is expected of you?  How often have we felt like we have had to change who we are in order to conform to everybody's expectations for how to socialise, for what is socially acceptable, to complement what everyone else is doing - even when you don't feel like it, but you are obligated to be there?

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find the way, if I can be strong
I know every mile, will be worth my while
When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong

There will be people that will try to ride on your coat tails and use you because they see that there is benefit from being associated with you.  There will be other people who will endeavour to stop you from reaching your goals and live your dreams.  You must remember that every mile in your journey in life will be fraught with challenges and obstacles that people and situations will place you in.

Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate
Thought that road may wander, it may lead me to you
And a thousand years, would be worth the wait
It might take lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through

There will be others who have gone before you, others who may have paved the way, who have inspired you on your current journey.  You must not forget these pioneers, these people who saw potential in you and fostered the desire for you to reach and realise your potential.  I hope that you will in turn be able to inspire others to live their own dreams and reach their own goals, because you had someone show you what going the distance means and how it feels when you will eventually be right where you belong.  Conversely, you might be inspired by the very people who blocked your pathway.  I truly believe that everyone has a purpose in their lives that they must complete.  That we are all entitled our own hero's welcome when the time comes.  Not because we want to be famous - but because we want our lives to have the kind of meaning where you achieved great things for mankind.

And I won't look back, I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track, no, I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope, but I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance, and my journey is complete

We must be prepared for failure on our quest of self-discovery, on our quest of fulfilment and purpose in this life.  I won't accept defeat, but if defeat arrives on my doorstep, banging on my door, you can bet that all avenues will be explored until defeat is nothing but a minor detail that has been resolved.  Staying focused, being resilient, keeping faith in yourself, never giving up are critically crucial - because once you give up on yourself - there is absolutely nothing that anything else can say to convince you otherwise.  I at least hope that if you have good people that surround you and can snap you out of whatever state of funkiness you find yourself, that they know to have an intervention of sorts with you soon.  We must not be afraid to ask for help when we need it :-)

I will search the world, I will face its harms
Until I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms. . .