Anyone who knows me understands that I am a huge country music fan. Sometimes a song just reaches into your soul and touches you. That happens to me when I hear my new favorite song, “Fast”. I find myself turning the radio up louder and , you guessed it, driving faster. Yea, I’m the kind of person who waits in the car until the good song is over before I get out. Recently I bought this great song on I Tunes. The song is sung by country music artist Luke Bryan.
As I listen to this song it brings back so many memories from my teenage years, early marriage and career, as well as how I feel about time now.
I’m sure you’ll feel that way too as you read the lyrics, and then listen to the song at the end of my blog post.
Following are the lyrics in bold print, and why they bring back so many emotions and memories for me.
That’s the kind of car you wanna drive when your sixteen
Now that makes me think of the white ’63 Chevy Impala my then boyfriend, now husband, drove. And yes, he drove it fast! And yes, he was sixteen. Drag racing, broken transmission, and a wreck or two didn’t slow him down. It looked like this one, but I found this picture on Pinterest.
That’s the kind of boys you want on your home team .
This phrase floods my brain with memories of our high school football team when they won 47 games straight. The BCHS Rebels won state championships 5 times straight. This was from 1999-2003. How exciting a run that was! And yes, we had some fast and talented boys on those teams that worked their buns off for a great coach, Chuck Smith.
“Yeah, you think you’re gonna catch your big dreams just like that.
This line makes me think of the hopes and dreams of my grandchildren. They may think it will be an easy, fast road to reach their big dreams, but I want them to realize it takes hard work, determination, and it won’t happen overnight. Be prepared, because some of those dreams may not work out so well.
My dream was to have 4 sons. That didn’t happen. Two lovely daughters instead! The Lord knew what he was doing when he gave me daughters. Now they are my best friends.
My dream was to retire from teaching at an early age and get a part time job at the Hub. The Hub was a locally owned department store, but they closed down before I retired! So I decided to open my own store and make all kinds of money. But it didn’t have the success that I had hoped. So, sometimes our dreams don’t become reality, but God has a plan for us. You just can’t give up if your dreams don’t work out the way you had planned. Other doors will open up for you.
The chorus goes like this:
This section is self explanatory if you are over 4o.
That’s what your parents said when we were falling in love.
It’s too fast.
There ain’t no way the 2 of us were going to last.
But, we did, and here we are,
Sixty seconds now feels more like 30
Tick-Tock, won’t stop, around it goes
Sand through the hourglass sure falls in a hurry
and all you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in.
Keep trying to make the good times last as long as you can.
But you can’t, man
It just goes too fast….
Way to fast!”
Yes, my parents said that when my husband and I were dating and got married at an early age. They probably were right. A lot of people thought we were too young and it wouldn’t work. But with determination and lots of love it has lasted for 49 years. Believe me, it has gone FAST!
If you love this song like I do “Fast” is available on I Tunes for $1.29. Hope you enjoyed my new favorite song and it moves you like it did me.
With my grandchildren growing up I often think about the word “Choices”. My thoughts go to the choices I’ve made throughout my life. Some good, some not so good. I think about how a choice can change your entire life.
The friends you choose are a big influence on your life. Make sure they have the same morals as you do. Don’t let peer pressure change you! Find friends who enjoy the same things that you do.
Choose what you love. Stick with it. Finish what you start.
Follow the 10 Commandments to the best you can. If I had chosen to steal, I could have ended up in jail. If you covet what your neighbor has you will be miserable. If I had chosen to commit adultery I probably would no longer be married. Today one of the choices young people have is whether or not to try illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. If you choose to do these things you choose to harm your body. I think about my father. He made the choice to start smoking around 13 years of age. He died at 62. I wonder if he would still be with us if he had not made that choice. I’m sure he would have lived much longer if he had chosen not to smoke. My cousin choice to drink and smoke. She died at 66.
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord, your God.
- Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
- Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shall not kill/murder†.
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- Thou shall not steal††.
- Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).
It never entered my mind to quit high school at 16, or to not study or try my best. I chose to go to college and be a teacher. I wonder where I would be if I had not tried to do my best in high school. Or if I had chosen not go to college? Or if I had gone to a different college. How different my life would have been.
A career choice can be a difficult decision. Choose what you love. Not what someone else wants you to do. Looking back I wish I had chosen a teaching career in Home Economics( now called Family Science). I made the choice to teach Elementary Education because it took fewer hours and I could graduate sooner.
Dating and Marriage
Wow, this one is BIG. Make sure you choose someone who has similar interests and morals. Don’t settle on anything less. Make sure you are friends as well as lovers. Since the divorce rate is so high I’m sure many people regret the choices they’ve made on this one.
The most important choice you can make is to follow Christ. I remember being at a revival when I was a kid. The preacher spoke about taking the path less crowded instead of the one most people were on. He spoke of not following the crowd down the wrong path, but traveling the straight and narrow path. Making the choice to follow Christ and his word will make your life more pleasant with less strife.