‘From Death to Destiny’ Top Lyrics

Is it just me?, life, Lyric of the Day (LOTD), Songs

This road, these buildings, these songs playing – it all takes me back to that summer. It was a time of self-discovery and recovery. A broken heart was finally having a chance to mend. 

Those songs – I could never thank the artists enough for how they motivated me to keep going during that difficult evolutionary period. 

The album is called From Death to Destiny by the group Asking Alexandria, and here are some of the lyrics that helped me push through my most arduous days:

“There’s things I bury inside to keep away from the light.”

“I’m not the same as I used to be.”

“Trapped in my brain.”

“Am I insane, Am I insane, Am I insane?”

“The devil came to take me to hell, but I’m already there.”

“I won’t let you be the death of me, no, I refuse to let you bring me down.”

“I’ve lost my mind before, but now I’m back. And I’m better than ever.”

“This world’s yours for the taking.”

“Spread out your wings and learn to fly to a new world.”

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“Make it worth your time when you move on to whatever the hell is next.”

“Can I let go before I lose my mind?”

“I still remember better days.”

“We can make a difference here, just close your eyes and take this hand.”

“All you’ve got to do is believe.”

“The life we’ve dreamed of is there…”

“Our future’s out there somewhere waiting to come home.”

“Black as the night with a cold dead heart and a lust to sin.”

“If there’s a black hole headed for Hell, then baby, count me in.”

“I don’t want this, I just need this to carry on.”

“I’ve been through, and burned down, and rebuilt Hell.”

“The years were cruel to him, no, he won’t let them go.”

“I don’t wanna do this anymore, I’m moving on.”

“He wanted to change the world, to make it all worthwhile, so he put his pen to paper and pulled out everything inside.”

“I can’t believe I’ve come so far in such short time, and I’m still fighting on my own.”

“I want a normal life again.”

“And you wonder why I’m out of my mind.”

“War torn from the inside out, but it makes me stronger.”

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If I Had Never Been Broken

Is it just me?, life, stories

A letter arrives mysteriously in my mailbox, coated in a black envelope, sealed in blood red ink. 

Breaking the seal and pulling out the parchment reveals an enticing offer of redemption: the chance to start over. A fresh start, a clean slate, to go back in time and never be broken. To erase all the mistakes I’ve made that have kept me from being the best I can be.

To have never been broken. What would life be like? I could have my dream job, old friendships, a clean medical history. But none of that would ever make it worth it. Because if I’d never been broken I would have never met you.

Broken. Here’s the recap – A misfit child. At 15 I begin a viscous cycle. I lose a friend and choose my next direction poorly. I spiral, and leave the prestigious school. I end up at home, where I regroup and hope for a new beginning just an hour away. I fail, again. The cycle continues. Then I meet the catalyst, who pushes me towards recovery. I seek professional help where I end up in an dark office, talking about childhood and…everything else. I find meaning in my studies and intern. They hire me, and I stay awhile. Then a friend leaves, and I speak with another. We become friends, and I meet you at three months. At nine months, you’re my best friend. And you’re the most wonderful human ever to exist.

If a clean slate means never meeting you, then I take this letter and set it aflame. Thank the universe that I was so deeply broken, because after all that madness, I was lucky enough to be your friend. With you, despite my broken soul, I am my best. Whatever fate has brought me, I accept it with open arms. I have you, and you are all I need.

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One of the Greatest Humans Ever to Exist

Keep Quiet, Keep Dignity

Is it just me?, life

Having a quiet demeanor in a world of loud mouthed people is depicted as weak by society, but the truth is, it’s a superpower. Holding the tongue with dignity is not a weakness, it’s wise. Those who disagree cannot stop talking long enough to even read this sentence. 

Most people tend to be quick to yell and argue, to shut their ears and scream back before listening, and to make every passing statement into a political battle. 

When did everyone become so volatile? So quick to react and erupt into a mess of insults and debates? When did sitting back to listen and observe with open ears and an open mind become so rare?

Or was the world always this way?

Regardless of how the world was, is, or will be in the future, it takes courage to hold back words and just listen to what’s going on around us. To stop trying to prove a point all the time or constantly get the last word in a conversation takes major will power in this day and time. 

Be the bigger person – it’s a cliché thing to say, but it means a lot. Don’t waste any precious breath on an argument. All it does is spike your stress levels and leave you with cortisol infecting your bloodstream for hours after the event. It’s not worth it, unless it’s your personal mission to ruin your day.

Instead, save some time by walking away and staying silent. It will frustrate the other person while giving you more time to spend on things that make you happy. Every time you see an argument happening, whether in person or on the internet, just walk away and look at funny pictures on your phone, or learn to tune out the unnecessary debates.

Keep quiet, with dignity. Let the foolish continue to scream and miss out on the important things in life.

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Stay silent and watch the flowers blow in the wind. (Bluebonnets in Texas)

The New Trailer for “JOKER” is Relatable

Is it just me?, life

Growing up, we always side with the heroes. The villains scare the hell out of our childhood imaginations. We want to be the good guy and it’s difficult to see the perspective of antagonists.

As we go through life and see more of the world, things change inside of us. Suddenly the dark, twisted villain doesn’t seem so bizarre anymore. In fact, the bad guy starts to be more relatable to our values than the hero.

Why is that? What does the world do to create people who side more with villains? What changes alter our brains to empathize with those committing horrendous crimes? 

As we go through life, gain experience, watch years pass by, lose friends, and adapt, our spirits start to die. Our enthusiasm for life in general slowly fades away. We begin to work on autopilot and learn to hate others as we are cheated, burned, betrayed, or abandoned time and time again. Our hopes and dreams are sucked down the drain and we come to expect the absolute worst of everyone we meet.

So naturally, as we see new superhero/villain movies as worn out, scarred adults, we start to relate more to the bad guys and see the good guys as annoying or over-the-top. We know that no one is perfect, and the idea of a perfect person is just insulting. A perfect, squeaky clean hero is entirely unrelatable to those of us living in the real world.

In both Aquaman and Avengers: Infinity War, I realized that I understood the villains’ perspectives. Not saying I agreed with their methods, but I get it. I get why they did what they did.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for JOKER yet, it’s amazing. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/t433PEQGErc

“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

“I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize – it’s a comedy.” 

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33 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than People (With Frozen Parody)

Is it just me?, life, Pets, This is Why I Don't Have Friends

Cats are better than people

Collin, don’t you think that’s true?

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Yeah, people will beat you and curse you and cheat you…

Every one of them’s bad except you

Oh, thanks buddy

But people smell better than cats, Anakin

Don’t you think that I’m right?

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That’s once again true, for all except you

You got me, let’s call it a night

Good night

Don’t let the field mice bite…

(Although, bedtime for people is typically hyperactive time for cats. Oh well…)


Reasons Cats are Better:

  1. Cats don’t argue
  2. Cats don’t need fancy things
  3. Cats don’t require elaborate meals
  4. People talk too much
  5. People are needy
  6. Cats don’t care if you get fired from your job
  7. Cats don’t care if you’re not attractive
  8. Cats don’t care if you don’t have a perfect body
  9. Cats will love you no matter what
  10. Cats don’t require constant attention
  11. Cats aren’t expensive
  12. Cats have fur
  13. Cats can purr
  14. Cats are easily content
  15. Cats will listen to all your problems
  16. Cats are entertaining to watch
  17. Cats are happy when you get home at the end of a long day
  18. Cats are clever
  19. Cats are fun to play with
  20. Cats are nice to cuddle with
  21. Cats can be great alarm clocks
  22. Cats are quiet
  23. Cats can be blamed for all noises in your home (so you don’t worry about having ghosts)
  24. Cats will help you know if guests are trustworthy or not
  25. Cats are easy to clean up after
  26. Cats will clean off all your tables and flat surfaces
  27. You’ll never have mice issues with a cat around
  28. You probably won’t even have snake issues with a cat around
  29. Cats aren’t afraid of spiders and other insects
  30. Cats won’t talk during movies or TV shows
  31. Cats are photogenic
  32. Cats can entertain themselves with Q-tips
  33. Cats look adorable in costumes (Even if they don’t enjoy it)

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“Well, I Guess This Is Growing Up”

Is it just me?, life, Songs

I’m older now, older than you were when we knew each other back then. It’s odd to think about it. So much has changed in both of our lives – for better, for worse, for necessity, or for no reason at all. We’ve lost, we’ve grown, we’ve become new people.

Well, I guess this is growing up.” (Dammit by Blink 182)

Realizing that you’re only human, like me, that you really didn’t have all the answers back then and still don’t now, that your life is a huge mess like mine – that’s part of becoming an adult. You were always a screw up, too, it just took me years of war and growth to understand. 

Those idols we had as teenagers and damaged kids turned out to be more screwed up in the head than we were. Isn’t that insane? It’s the truth, though. It’s life. 

What used to look like a golden statue of perfection is revealed to be a gilded scarecrow of insecurity. Aren’t we all just gilded piles of mistakes wrapped in scarred up skin? Understanding that truth is what it means to “grow up.” 

Is it sad that no one is perfect? No, it’s not sad. It’s actually a relief. Because if no one in the world is perfect, then we can STOP trying to live up to ridiculous expectations. We can stop being so upset with ourselves for being “less than,” and allow our hearts to heal and be who we want versus who we think we should be. 

At one time I felt disdain for you when your imperfections were brought to light. I was young. Just a kid. I didn’t know that you were a human, too, free to be a little messed up inside. Forgive me. I release all my former anger towards you. 

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Quit Hiding Your Brokenness, So We Can Finally Connect

Is it just me?, life

You and I.. we are the same. No matter how much you try to hide it, we’re from the same place. Grew up the same way, died the same day, ran far away. And ended up back here, in this beat up, sad, small town.

So why the distance, why the cold, why the pushing me aside? You know we are the same, way down deep inside.

The way you look at me…disdain. The way I look at you…respect and love. Because I know we are identical at heart, and I accept it. I love it. It makes me want to run to you and be by your side everyday of my life. For you, it’s the opposite. Our similarities repulse you and lead you to force a different path upon yourself. You are ashamed of who you are and where you came from, ashamed to admit the darkness swirling in your bones. I embrace it. I know exactly where I grew up and how much agony rages within my ribs. I let it out and show the world. I am not ashamed. So why are you?

Others think poorly of darkness…but we all have it. We all suffer inside and try to hide the imperfections in our lives. And then we judge those who let it show. Why? Why not just let the world be what it is and let ourselves be who we are? Life is not a movie, we cannot pick and choose which scenes to show the world. No cutting, no editing, no proofing, no re-doing the mistakes. Let it all out for the world to see.

The less we hide, the more we can connect with each other. You and I are the same. We’re broken, poor, scarred, and flawed. There’s no sense in trying to cover it up.

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