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“Open Road”

mm roo panes

It’s kind of ironic really…the song I’m choosing to share with you today is called “Open Road” by Roo Panes. I’m sharing it a week after announcing the end of the 50 States In A Year project, a week after I’ve taken myself off living on the open road. Don’t be fooled, I’m not complaining, just admiring the humor in life.

“Open road, no one stopped you from trying.

To lose your load, to find your silver lining.”

I have no complaints. While there’s plenty to worry about, there’s also plenty to cherish and look back fondly from the past 10 months. Sometimes things don’t work out how we expect them to, but they do always work out how they are supposed to.

“Let me out of this cage, before I swell up with rage.

Let me sing to old age before I’m done.

Let me shout to the skies that I’m too young to die.

And that fate will never stop me from trying.”

I heard this song a few times last week as I drove around, whether while driving back and forth to the RV, running errands, or to spend time with family as we celebrated Uncle Ken’s life. And every time I heard it, I couldn’t help but reflect on my life and what I’ve done, what kind of impact I’ve made and if I would be happy with the foot print that I left if my time on this earth ended.

The answer was no.

I guess that’s where it leads me back to yesterday’s post and wanting to help people. I want to leave an impact, a foot print to be remembered. I want people to know when my time comes (which obviously I hope isn’t for a long time), that I put my heart and soul into everything I did and that I always wanted to help others live a better, happier, healthier, more successful life.

That is why I’m here.

Now to see where that takes me..

What thought provoking music are you listening to this weekend? 

Deja Vu

Has that ever happened to you?


I was walking along the beach the other week (keep in mind this is my first time in Hawaii); headphones in my ears, sand between my toes; I look up and see this lighthouse kind of thing at the end of the beach. It might not seem like anything special or like I’m re-living last night as I walked the beach with my family, but I can assure it was different. It was something that I’ve done before, even if only in a dream of sorts.

Regardless it got me thinking. Between a major case of deja vu, a lot of stress and a 3 mile walk on the beach, that’ll happen.

struts mm

Blasting through my ears was “It Could Have Been Me” by The Struts and the lyrics were just screaming out to me:

I wanna taste love and pain

I wanna feel pride and shame

I don’t wanna take my time

I don’t wanna waste one line

I wanna live better days

Never look back and say

It could have been me

I’ve been listening to this song basically on repeat for the last week or so and every time it comes on, I just want to turn it up really loud and sing along with every thing I have.

Things happen how they are supposed to and I’m learning this lesson more and more each day. Being reminded that nothing in life will be easy or always go as planned and that is all part of the journey.