An Ode to Avett

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I am in love with a band with lyrics including the following:

“Be loud, let your colors show.”

“I wish you’d see yourself as beautiful as I see you
Why can’t you see yourself as beautiful as I see you?”

“Where nothing is owed, deserved or expected
And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected
Decide what to be, and go be it”

I spent yesterday with a smile splitting my face as I gazed up at these insanely talented musicians sharing their passion with a field full of people. There is something about being in the presence of people who pursue their dreams and had their dreams come true. If you are with musicians, you in the audience, are a part of that. You get to help make their dreams come true by buying a ticket and showing up.

As I stood there I could I see how lucky and grateful they felt. For two hours, they made me believe that I could do it too. I could pursue my dreams and make them come true. Maybe it was the music, a healing art unto itself. My heart was open and bands of doubt, fear, and worry continued to snap off me the more they played. Yesterday I didn’t have to try. I didn’t have to pile into my head any affirmations, meditations, or pick up my latest self-help book. I encourage you to put yourself in as many situations like this as you can, a position where you don’t even have to try but the thought “my life is so amazing,” spontaneously pops into your head.



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