Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Let's go crazy. . .

Dearly beloved 
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

I think the world is still in a state of shock.  The musical genius that is Prince has passed away.  Much of my childhood has had his music playing in the background in some shape or form, right alongisde Michael Jackson.  They're probably collaborating right now or laughing about the famous story of why Prince chose to turn down participating in the Bad music video.  It's taken me so long to write this blog post because I've been trawling through his impressive discography reminiscing about where and when I first heard these classic tracks.

Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The after world

Who will you see in the after world?  What will you expect to see?  I always think about What dreams may come starring the late Robin Williams and how we navigate ourselves through unknown spaces that we won't know until we experience it.  I haven't been able to feel a lot lately, but mostly because this is the month that I lost my husband, so thoughts of the after world always fill my mind at this time.  It's only natural right?

A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night

Never ending happiness may seem unachievable in our lifetime, because it seems so unattainable, and something that is not meant to happen in this imperfect life that we lead.  Pragmatists would say that if you want to see the sun at night then move to Alaska, because that's where you can live in constant sunlight, even when the warmth is hard to come by during most of the year.  Who is your sun if it isn't the physical one?  If you find never ending happiness lacking in the world, then you must seek the sun within yourself.  It's the only thing that makes sense to me.

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything'll Be Right
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

Take care of your mind.  It is a precious thing to have.  If you don't use it, you lose it.  If you overuse it. you might lose it then too.  I have been having chats with friends in recent months about losing loved ones to mental illnesses and we all agree that we can often be afraid of what we can't see.  How can we support someone who is going through things we can't see.  I'm not saying that we need to see evidence of trauma to know it exists.  It just means that even if we don't know the right questions to ask so we can get some answers. it's just enough to be there.

Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You're on your own

The thing about the after world is that you don't get to come back and tell people about what it looks like because to fully cross over would mean that you have less of a chance of coming back.  There are many accounts that are easily to find of people who have had near death experiences but we don't know what that actually feels like.  Do you think the after world is like an after party?  Where you get to do things you've always wanted but could never do in this world?  Depends on what you believe in doesn't it.

And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor

Who tries to bring you down in this life?  Is this what is making it harder for you to follow your dreams and live the life you were always meant to live?  For whatever reason when we start to feel like the wheels on the wagon are starting to fall off, then we can start thinking about how we can put those wheels back on, slow down the wagon so you can disembark or alternatively, just let it rip and go out guns blazing with the wagon to see where you end up, just surrender to the moment.

If you don't like the world you're living in
Take a look around you
At least you got friends. . . 

Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson.

I have watched as many video clips, interviews and appearances that Prince made and the conspiracy theories continue to circulate.  I don't know if the world will ever see another like him (not in my lifetime).  Even though I listened so much to Michael Jackson growing up as a child, Prince was always there in the background, like some trusty and reliable yet temperamental diva of an aunt who refused to let bygones be bygones.  He threw serious shade on anyone who dared to manipulate him and I totally respect what he stood for and how he valued himself.  I hope that we continue to learn more about his legacy, reflecting on what he represented - an original, one of a kind musician who loved to be himself and gave zero f***s about his critics, following through on his master plan of autonomy and enjoying life on his own terms.  Why should we restrain ourselves and suppress who we are really meant to be when it's easy enough to just acknowledge and celebrate life, let yourself go and let's go crazy. . .