Inspiring things take all kinds of forms, people, paintings, theatre, poems, and, of course, songs.
I really liked this Photosynthesis by Frank Turner
and I feel I should explain which of the lyrics mean a lot to me.
Oh maturity’s a wrapped up package deal so it seems
And ditching teenage fantasy means ditching all your dreams
All your friends and peers and family solemnly tell you you will
Have to grow up be an adult yeah be bored and unfulfilled
They’re only saying this because they’re bored, unfilled and haven’t experienced life any other way. Fair enough. It’s not their fault. It’s up to you to take control. I’m much in awe of those who, at points in their lives where traditionally they go and get a super dull job and join the PTA at the local primary school (not that there’s anything wrong with PTAs!). I have so much respect for people who go out of their way to do exciting things they’re passionate about, whatever their situation.
Be that cycling to Australia, driving from China to Cape town, 28yro’s quitting their day jobs and taking a belated gap year, my paternal grandfather finally getting a degree in his late 80s, my maternal grandparents sailing into Poland behind the iron curtain on a 16 foot open dinghy.
If you’re bored and unfulfilled there’s only one person who can do something about that: you.
Oh when no ones yet explained to me exactly what’s so great
About slaving 50 years away on something that you hate
Look I’m meekly shuffling down the path of mediocrity
Well if that’s your road then take it but it’s not the road for me
Shut up, sit down mediocrity, Let’s do this!.