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It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world. — John Steinbeck

It seems to me that everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there. They're holding onto life and what they find most precious to them, with the grip of death that not even a tornado could break.

This, dear readers, is admirable yet mistaken.

Every so often when I wake up, I sit up in bed and look around my room. I'm in relatively good health, and I have a beautiful view of all the resources that I own. I look out of my window and I say to myself "Enjoy this, man, because it could all go away in the blink of an eye."

When you realize that your time on this earth runs on borrowed time, you tend to appreciate what you have because it's so hard to get but so very easy to lose.

I think understanding life means going back to toddlerhood. We're born soft. Not weak, but with a certain sense of purity, curiosity, and wonder that helps us thrive. We don't let anything stop us. We're like a game of whack-'em-all. We just keep getting back up. As we grow older, we are weighed down by hardship and become wary of people and the world.

Music, for me, helps with this. I recently created a "Get Psyched (For Life) Mix" playlist and these songs help me re-focus on the good parts of life, the part that our bad experiences trying to pull us away from.

Here are my two favorite songs right now:

and last but not least,

As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” I believe this to be true with every fiber of my being. Music is art, and art is a bridge; between what we can imagine, what is deep within our hearts, and what we can turn into a reality. Music transforms. Music inspires. Art changes lives.

That's it today, folks. Hope you enjoy the music!

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