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I’ve walked the roads with drifters, sinners, lovers and misfits. I’ve cried with the beaten and struggled with the damned. The battles I listened about were ones I’ve never endured, but yet I felt their pain. In every single face I saw my own. I understood that the situations that felt so unimaginable to me could become my reality too. I’ve learned never to judge because when you do, funny things happen. You find yourself in your own version of their struggles. It’s in those moments that their behaviors make perfect sense. And you say to yourself, aah I thought I would handle this differently.

You walk paths and take journey’s meeting members of your tribe along the way. You share stories of youth, sing to the music, spend days passing time doing what’s required of you in order to survive. Just as you think things will never change or people will never leave they do. It doesn’t set in until a handful of those people are gone that you realize they were important in your life at one time. They’ve disappeared from your now, becoming your past, while continuing to be someone else’s present.
Tribes come together then drift apart but sometimes we’re lucky to have those chance encounters where we all meet up again. And when that happens, a part of us that was missing returns and we remember how good it once felt to be together.

I always enjoyed reading Erma Bombeck and could remember thinking, what a fantastic job. I daydreamed of being a columnist and being able to touch people’s lives on a daily basis. With the usage of words, a writer could help people see things more clearly. They can assist in getting them to open their eyes to what is important and convey to them what they already knew but didn’t know how to explain.
One of my favorite columns by Erma was titled The Journey. She wrote how we are always trying to hurry on to the next thing. When we are younger we want to grow up, when we grow up we want to have kids, when we have kids we long for their next milestone, etc. But in the end it’s not the achievements that mattered it was the journey. I read that in my early twenties and I know it will stay with me for a lifetime. I stopped and smelled the roses. I decided to pay more attention to the journey and less focus on the destination.
The Climb lyrics

I can almost see it
That dream Im dreamin, but
Theres a voice inside my head sayin
Youll never reach it
Every step Im taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I, I gotta keep tryin
Gotta keep my head held high

Theres always gonna be another mountain
Im always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
That sometimes Im gonna have to lose
Aint about how fast I get there
Aint about whats waitin on the other side
Its the climb

The struggles Im facin
The chances Im takin
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No, Im not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
Im gonna remember most yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

Theres always gonna be another mountain
Im always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
That sometimes Im gonna have to lose
Aint about how fast I get there
Aint about what’s waitin on the other side
Its the climb
Yeah

Theres always gonna be another mountain
Im always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
That sometimes Im gonna have to lose
Aint about how fast I get there
Aint about what’s waitin on the other side
Its the climb
Yeah yeah

Keep on movin
Keep climbin
Keep the faith, baby
Its all about, its all about the climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith
Whoa, whoa

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Miley Cyrus’s new song The Climb reminds me a lot of Erma Bombeck’s column the Journey. For being such a young girl, Miley seems to get it and I hope she never loses it.
This week’s Friday’s Song is The Climb by Miley Cyrus.

 

We have only one life so live it well

Hug and kiss those you love.

If you have something to say, tell.

 

Live for the moment, but know the end will come.

Cherish each day .

Dance to your own music, if you can’t sing, hum.

 

Make memories, make friends, make love

Engage yourself

Lift the spirits of others and help them rise above

 

Today is here and yesterday has past

Tomorrow may not come

Embrace life, savor it, and enjoy it why it lasts.