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Is Your Shrink Quoting The Stones?

Is Your Shrink Quoting The Stones?

thestonesMy favorite quote comes from The Rolling Stones. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you get what you need.”  Despite all those drugs Mick and Keith did in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, heck, I think they’re still doing them today, there’s a lot of wisdom in those few words.

Many people quote, “life’s a journey, not a destination.” While this is true, I find The Stones dig deeper.

If we always get what we want, then haven’t we skipped the journey for the destination without knowing for sure if that’s where we’re meant to be?

And if we try a little and get what we need, don’t we experience the journey in a richer, more grateful way, and end up in the right place? Aren’t we more fulfilled by surviving, achieving what we thought impossible, what we didn’t know existed, rather than being plopped into the destination without the scars and wisdom to show for our efforts?

I say this all because well, I really don’t know, I guess it’s the random shit that was in my head today and somehow made its way from there to here.  After all, it’s fluffy, philosophical BS we hear from every self-help guru in the western hemisphere. It’s nothing new, except, I doubt your shrink is quoting The Stones in your therapy sessions.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Often we don’t think about it until that one big crisis hits us, but at some point or another, we’ve probably all said, “my life could be a movie.” Yet, it’s everyday we’re living the movie of our lives. The people we meet, the places we go, the experiences, and the range of emotions we feel, all come together to create a one-0f-kind movie reel of our life.  But it’s the music that accompanies us along the way, it’s the musicians that breathes life into our memories.

Oh yes, it’s the music that plays when you’re at the bar and you finally lock eyes with the cute guy from English class. It’s the music we listen to when we’re on long road trips to visit our college boyfriends. The music that blasts out of jeeps and cars on the tailgate field as we’re doing keg stands before the big game. It’s the music that gently plays on the CD player when we’re alone in our room  trying to make sense of why he broke up with us.

Music conjures up those moments in our lives that we’ve forgotten or either want to forget, but can’t. They’re the songs that come on the radio on the way home from a bad day at work and take us back to the exact time, place, the people, the conversation.  And for those three minutes, we’re lost, remembering  a different time, a time of survival, success, happiness, or grief. We remember who we were then  and who we are now.  These are the songs that compile the soundtrack of our lives.

And though my movie continues to be filmed, at this point, we’re at intermission and so far the soundtrack for my life includes:

1. Lightening Crashes – Live

2. Let Her Cry – Hootie and the Blowfish

3.  Better Man – Pearl Jam

4. The Bitch is Back – Elton John

5.  Blame it on the Rain – Milli Vanili

6. Cool it Now – New Edition

7. End of the Road – Boyz to Men

8. Carolina in My Mind- James Taylor

9. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds

10. Pictures of You – The Cure

11. Sweet Tea – Cravin’ Melon

12. If You Leave – OMD

13. The Best of Me – Far Too Jones

14. November Rain – Guns n’ Roses

15. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

16. Piano Man – Billy Joel