Below is something I wrote three years ago.
Just some thoughts:
Recently I got in a college kid’s car, and we started with some small talk as he drove off. His radio was on, and I kept drifting to the song that was playing, as lyrics will often grab me. Now on occasion, I do get past Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and those folks. Even past Elvis on occasion.
“Shush,” I said. “Who is that singing?” My young friend said, “Oh, that’s John Mayer.” I kept listening to the song. True I could not make out every word Mayer was singing, but I got enough of the song and lyrics that they stayed with me. The song finished, and I asked my friend, “What’s the title of that song?” When he told me, I quickly pulled out an old golf scorecard from my back pocket that I had used earlier that day and scribbled down the song title.
Later that evening I went onto You Tube and brought up John Mayer and this song. I listened to it repeated times. Hum, the song presented an interesting thought.
Just a few days earlier my wife and I had been talking about how there were certain things in our teenage and college years that we wish had been said or done differently in certain situations. It would be good if we could write a letter back to our younger self.
The title of the song I heard is “Say.” I wonder what might be different about our lives today had we thought of these lyrics:
“It’s better to say too much than to never say what you need to say again”
Perhaps we worried that we might not say it in just the right way, so nothing was said at all and the opportunity passed.
Personally I have looked back and wondered what the outcome might have been, compared to the risk?
I guess, one will never really know. Looking back...there are things personally I wish I had said (or ask) and dealt with the consequences.
I would imagine it to be a never ending debate, even in our minds still these many years later.
December 14, 2013