You think everything is possible
And nothing’s gonna get you baby
Everything is touchable
Nothing’s gonna beat you in this life
In the orange light
Kissing the first time
From Stereophonics song Innocent.
Okay, these words are taken slightly out of the context of the whole song but I love these words.
Possibility, belief, endurance, stickability, fun, love, joy, enjoyment, peace, hope.
These are all present in these lyrics.
Of course, anyone with any experience of life knows it isn’t always that simple and life knocks you down as well as giving you wonderful experiences.
But I am trying to remember the good every time thoughts seem consumed by the bad, trying to do something to lift the spirits every time the clouds descend. It doesn’t always work but the more I try the more I want to try, the more I succeed the better I feel each time. It’s a great habit to get into, a hard habit to get into, but a habit definitely worth persevering with.
We can all testify that the innocence of thinking everything is wonderful is shaken by the reality of life. But the knowledge that tarnished experiences which move from wonder to trauma can still be rescued, can be risen from, can be redeemed, is wonderful. It shows that trauma, bad experiences, disappointment…are not one way streets, not dead ends. Hope, laughter, joy…can all be recovered.
It is worth fighting to retain that wonder, that fight for hope, it is worth shedding the tears because we know that laughter awaits. Sometimes, laughter is blocked by unshed tears so shedding those tears opens the way for laughter to rush in again! Believing that laughter will return, that the sun will shine again, that hope will show itself once more. Believing that as much as you scream now, you will laugh again, love again, live again, hope again, enjoy life again.
Head bowed? Mind screaming? Tears flowing? Been there. Still go there. What I know now is that ‘there’ isn’t a dead end, it is, can be made to be, a conduit to better times.
It’s alright, hang on, hope is tearing down every barrier, moving the heavens and the earth, demolishing the barbed wire fences, to find you again.
Laughter will not stop until it has you crying tears of joy again.
You are, frankly, amazing
Thanks for reading.