On my way home today a surprising thing happened. I was jamming out to some music and a Justin Bieber song came on. Now before everyone starts judging (yes, you know who you are) I have not been smitten by Bieber Fever, or turned into a star struck 15 year old. Rather, it was after work and on my ride home I don’t care what music is playing as long as it’s loud and has a decent beat to it. It’s my own personal way of de-stressing and letting the day roll off my back. So whether it’s ACDC or the Biebs….don’t matter to me.
Anyways, what shocked me was that Bieber actually had a lyric so full of wisdom I felt the need to blog about it. Usually, all I get from him is that he’d like to be “my buzz lightyear and fly around the globe,” or that he would “like to die in my arms,” or that “we could be broke as long as I love him.” I mean I don’t know about you but this stuff is pretty powerful. Makes me wonder how long it took him and his team to come up with such catchy lyrics. Hmmm……Just kidding, I like Bieber although I hope to never catch that random fever everyone keeps talking about. Yuck!
So as I was listening to one of his songs this lyric came out over the radio waves…
“You can’t fly unless you let yourself fall.”
Seems simple enough but for some reason it connected with me and was stuck in my head the rest of the ride home.
I hate the word MISTAKE. I think it’s such a misleading term. To me it represents regret, or something that we would take back or re-do if given the chance. Sounds nice to some perhaps, but to me every “mistake” I’ve made in life I would re-do over and over if given the chance. “Mistakes” have formed me, molded me and made me who I am today. I have grown from them, learned from them, become wiser and more mature, and blossomed. There are no perfect people walking on this planet and how dull would life be if we were all perfect. There would be no growing, no blossoming and no emotion. Everything would be too easy and dull. Experiences leave scars and sometimes the most beautiful mark a person can have is a scar. Scars give us courage, they give us knowledge, they give us power and most of all they give us wings. Without “mistakes” we would have no wings and without wings we would never be able to fly.
I think more of us should allow ourselves to fall. We should let our faces hit the ground and make our feet get us back up. Sometimes a face flat in the dirt is what we need to truly take the plunge into something remarkable. Creatures that fly literally get thrown out of the nest and it’s up to them to find their wings and use them. If birds can muster the courage, why can’t we? What is so fearful about taking that leap and trusting ourselves? What is so horrible about the ground that we are afraid to fall into it?
Looking back on my short life, I can say everything I have ever learned has been learned face down in the mud. Each time I have found my strength, stood up and wiped the mud off my face and tried again. Even with dirt under my fingernails, torn clothes, and ratty hair I was still able to find my wings and soar above that pile of earth I had just been buried in. However, without having fallen I would never have been able to fly.
So thank you Justin Bieber for reminding me to never be afraid to hit the ground. I have so much left to learn and conquer and I don’t want that fear to keep me from soaring to the highest peak of life.
Hoping you all find the courage to fall….