If I wasn’t managing a band, I’d probably be some form of a journalysst. I love writing and language and I love playing with it. Some of my favorite things in the world are cliches because they remind me of wrestling catchphrases- we all know them and can finish each other's sentences. That moment of harmony is what I create my life around.
I’ve been playing with “once and for all,” lately because it sounds so definitive, and I’ve learned that life is anything but.
It’s difficult for me to think you can do anything ONCE, and have it be the only. Repetition is how we memorize songs, learn to play an instrument, and understand how to be in relationships with each other. I’m a huge advocate for mistakes, and I like to call them discoveries. You just discovered the way not to do something. To me, that’s just as important, if not more important than accomplishing what you set out to. Why would we only want to try things once?
What if instead of doing something once and for all we did it for the one, and then for the all. What if we first did things for ourselves, and then did the same for others.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” “You have to put your oxygen mask on first.” These are cliches we can all sing in unison, but until we actually practice them, we’re still out of tune.
Cliches are cliches for a reason. We all say them because they’re true. The disconnect is that they’re often said so often and said so simply that we overlook them. We have a habit of making things harder than they need to be and thinking that “live for the moment” and “all you need is love” can’t really be all there is to it, so we spend thousands of dollars on therapy, booze, or both. If we would spend our time practicing these cliches, we wouldn’t end up just mouthing the words, we’d be able to sing the song.
Doing something for the one always helps the all. When you’re healthy, when you’re happy, when you’re whole, everyone turns up the own volume on their frequency to meet you there.
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