I like the song “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf. In fact, N and I used to be ADDICTED to watching the music video on Music on Demand. The last lines of the song are:
“I wish I could be as cool as you/I wish I could say the things you do/But I can’t and I won’t live a lie/No, not this time”
In the music video, co-artist Lil Wayne and his bodyguard point at each other as they are singing “I wish I could be as cool as you/I wish I could say the things you do”. My brother and I would do the same as we were watching it, and after a few million times of listening to the video, I realized I meant it when I pointed at him. I really did wish I was as cool as N (he’s a popular kid and has a ton of friends).
It wasn’t until a week or so afterward when I got to thinking about that again. “Wait a second,” I thought to myself. “Do I really wish I was as cool as N? Would I want to switch lives with him?” That’s when I came to my senses. Why in the world would I want to be anyone else, not just N? Sure, I wouldn’t mind some parts of people: N’s school popularity, my dad’s natural ability to do math, my mom’s superhuman qualities, heck, I wouldn’t mind having as much money as Bill Gates! But (and this goes along with my “True Colors” post a few back), I like me. Sure, there’s things I would change about myself, but isn’t that true of every human being? Doesn’t everyone have things they wish they could change about themselves? Sure. No one’s perfect.
And did you make the connection between what I just said and the last lines of “Let It Rock”? “But I can’t and I won’t live a lie/No, not this time?” It’s saying that wishing you could be as cool as someone else is a lie. There’s your thought for the day. Happy Easter!