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Emilia’s second SLAM!

August 5, 2010

Picture yourself.

Imagine something you love;
Something you’ve always dreamed of;
Something you’re too intimidated to speak of;
Something you might be too scared to let yourself think of.

Do you have the picture saved?
Have you chosen the moment?
Did you give it a name?
Did you pluck it out of space and put it in a glass case?
Did you hold it and enclose it and put it in a frame?
Did you hang it on your wall so you can check on it on your way
through your daily routine that’s now doomed to stay the same?

Did you keep it locked up so long it’s in ashes instead of flames?

You pictured the moment. You dreamed. You imagined.
And that’s great. Congrats. You’ve got a picture, and that’s the end.

That picture’s all you’ve got.
You’ve tied up opportunity in an untiable knot.

You caught perfection in a picture and froze it in time;
You harnessed a single moment and stopped it on a dime,
And as you grow old,
The picture gathers dust and grows mold.
Your life is bought and sold
And your heated moment grows cold.

‘Cause when you picture your life or you imagine your life
Or you talk or wish or think, complain or bitch about life
That’s just a waste of your life, you’ll never taste your life
‘Cause the picture that you’ve taken is just a glimpse of your life.

What happens next?
Who knows! You gotta step out of frame!
You gotta get up off the bench and get your ass the game!
What would happen if you stripped your clothes and stood in the rain?
Would you be drenched in shame?
Would someone remember your name?

The answers to these questions are only found one way:
You gotta stare into the changing face of life every day.
You can’t just catch a glimpse and blink and think that everything’ll stay!
You need turn around and face the noise and move and dance and sway!
When life gives you direction you only have one choice: obey!
Otherwise you’ll write your life’s story and have nothing to say!
People won’t remember you when you’re dead in decay.
They’ll just think, “I don’t remember her much, but, ehh, she might have been okay …”

‘Cause when you picture your life, don’t suffocate it in a frame!
Don’t lock it in a cage and gawk at it until it’s tame!

When you seize a moment, you can’t tell it to behave!
You need to climb its wild back and ride it like a tidal wave!

Once you’ve seized a moment, you’re only halfway there –
When you seize it, then release it and then solemnly swear
To chase the dream, idea or opportunity anywhere
So when you catch it again, you throw your fist in the air,

And break that picture frame. Leave the glass on the floor.
You let the moment out and now it means so much more!
It was meant to break away — it always was meant to soar!
It was always meant to step out from behind your front door.

So do yourself a favor and throw your pictures out.
Live the moments in the pictures that the frames leave out.
Catch your moments in your mind and set ‘em free and have no doubt
that steppin’ out of bounds is what our lives should be about.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 3:28 pm

    I especially love the lines…

    Live the moments in the pictures that the frames leave out.
    Catch your moments in your mind and set ’em free and have no doubt
    that steppin’ out of bounds is what our lives should be about.

    Very very nice!

  2. Gus hastalis permalink
    August 6, 2010 1:33 am

    Gus says YES!

  3. Kirk permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:06 pm

    I admire your ability. I can’t wait to see this performed.

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