Well, this has been quite a year so far, hasn’t it? I am learning that you have to just keep going no matter what happens.
There seems to be a turning point sometime in life, I’m not sure when exactly, we are supposed to figure out how to shore ourselves up and keep going. When we are kids, we can have gigantic melt downs and people figure it’s fine and we have the right because we are young. When we get older and we have major melt downs, someone wonders if they should call for help and a padded room. When really, we just need huge melt downs no matter how old we are.
Huge melt downs show themselves differently. For some they may be loud and wet and messy and for others they may be 48 hrs in bed without speaking. I think as we get older the only real difference is that we know what our huge meltdowns are and then we can tell people not to worry.
We are about to melt.
The hard part is keeping going while melting or after the melting. It can be so nice to just lose it. But for most of us, this isn’t a state we can linger in permanently. We have too many obligations and other people depending on us. So we have to figure out how to solidify somehow.
This last week, I solidified at a concert. My brother and I went to Bruce Springsteen. I was incredibly sick and the slide guitar gave me a slight headache when it was played, but I still loved every minute of it.
Springsteen is an amazing concert. He played for 3.5 hours straight. He just kept going from one song to the next. I was exhausted at the end of the concert and all I did was dance and sing and cough.
But oh how I need that 3.5 hours of just sheer joy. I was amazed to be in the same room as him and to be at a concert of his and to hear him. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.
I understand not everyone can go to a Springsteen concert when life gets hard. Let’s be realistic. Springsteen isn’t always in concert. We must learn to live without him at times.
But I’m glad for those moments in life that help stop the melting. And that give us something a little more to look forward to.
And I’m already looking forward to his next tour. I will be there. Singing and Dancing and Screaming my head off the whole time.