Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Muse - Absolution / Run, Run As Fast As You Can...


Run, run as fast as you can
No one can catch you, they just don’t understand
Run from the gangs or the marathon man, just run
From the sound of a gun…

I always felt as if I was running from something… To be honest, it’s why I watch movies and listen to music. It’s all a glorious escape, a cheap vacation requiring minimal effort. What am I running from, I wonder… What am I afraid of?

I once commented on the seemingly complicated nature of life, to which a friend responded, “it is… because people are.” It’s true, of course. (Of course.) Everything simply “is.” It’s how we perceive neutral external stimuli that affects us. We can either take the world poorly or use it to better ourselves. It’s a secret-to-true-happiness that simply requires we change our manner of thought. In the end, after all, there are only our “feelings and choices.”

If I were ever to choose an album that changed my life, it would be Absolution by Muse. I remember first hearing “Butterflies & Hurricanes” and immediately finding deep inspiration within the lyrics: “Change everything you are / And everything you were / Your number has been called…” It was one of many things that motivated the most transitional year of my life. I quit my job and freed my mind, but more importantly, I conquered whatever fear that caused me to run.

“Best, you’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to change the world
And use this chance to be heard
Your time is now…”

Since then, I’ve felt more guidance in my movement, more in touch with things than I had been in the past. It’s comforting, really, to have a good feeling about the direction you choose to face. I still find myself running, running as fast as I can… but maybe I’m not running from something anymore…

Maybe I’m running toward.

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