My kids had one of my Beatles guitar books out and it was opened to “Help”. And once upon a time I was learning The Beatles songs because they sounded good. I never really paid attention to the lyrics, especially to their mid 60s output. But today, the lyrics of “Help” grabbed me instantly, so I had to call it up on Spotify.
When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
I felt invincible when I was younger. Although I hung out with people, I didn’t think at all that I would need to ask them for help or seek help from them. Especially any help that involved manual labour. Actually there was no way I was wasting my time/days on manual labour when there was metal music to be listened to or waves to be caught.
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self-assured
Man, these words are from 1965. So much truth.
Getting older means greater analysis and every decision needs our attention and I remember reading somewhere how exhausting attention is.
And we can handle this in a few ways.
We can ignore making decisions and seek help from self-improvement books or we can spend time on a website and even move further away from making decisions.
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors
If my mind feels fear, I act differently. If I feel like it’s been overloaded with life’s challenges, I act differently. If I am curious or connected, I acted differently. If I feel inspired, I act differently. I feel like the mind is so powerful and it dictates how my day will go.
Do I want that small lizard part of the brain controlling my day or the whole part of the brain?
Help me get my feet back on the ground
There is a saying that our existence is defined by what we struggle for. And these days, are people willing to struggle for anything.
No one wants to have their feet off the ground. There needs to be a safety net in everything.
If you want to make an impact, you need to be a lifer. This means being a lifer in the game you want to play and a lifer in learning.
Remember, a University/College degree will put you on the path to earning a living, but things you learn that are not taught at school (like smoking in the boys room), your own self-education will put you on the path to making a difference. But there is no safety net on this path.
And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
When you are a member of the biggest rock band and part of a cultural craze, your independence is limited. It’s a choice.
So many people want the fame and stardom, but then complain when people hound them for a photograph or a selfie. Its part of the territory. These days, not so much. A rock star could be walking the streets and no one would notice.