One of my favorite songs is by the great David Bowie, “We can be heroes just for one day”. The words just speak to me! Okay, let’s be honest this could be because I’m a child of the 70s. Definitely could be that I found my way in life through the music of the 70s and 80s. Either way, music has a profound impact on us and how we remember parts of our lives. Even today this song is part of my favorite playlists, often one of the songs where I can still find myself singing into my hairbrush ready to jump on my bed. And yet I’m also keenly aware of how different the lyrics occur to me now.
“I, I will be King
And you, you will be Queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes just for one day
We can be us just for one day”
“Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?”
The song is about a boy and a girl on separated by the Berlin wall and no matter how much they are in love their love they can never be together. No matter how much they loved each other they were separated by a barrier that was insurmountable. I remember when the Berlin wall came down in 1990. I was in grade 10 and was just beginning to be curious about the world outside of what I knew about.
The wall was built to keep people apart, to separate people by beliefs. A problem that continues to exist in our world. The news and divisiveness like a reminder that we still have so much to learn about our behavior. To this day I can remember the images of celebration as the wall was torn down. The laughing, dancing, and parties that filled the streets that felt so loud that it was strong enough to overpower anything.
A replaying story
This sad love story has been told over and over in songs and movies. The impossible love and the lengths we will go to for it. The ending is always the same, that perfect moment when love is found and how the whole world is filled with joy and happiness. It’s like they forgot to show us how to keep it. Or they know what we can see in our everyday lives? That we stop trying the minute we have what we worked so hard to have.
What happens right after that moment when we have found the love we want so much? When it is there for us every day? How often do we put our loved ones last? Do we put things like work or school ahead of everyone we love? How often do we allow small things to turn in the big things? How often do we place a wall between ourselves and our loved ones? A wall the size of the Berlin wall that is made out of unmet expectations and regrets.
“I, i wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day”
Turning one day into every day
How do we get back to being dolphins? Playing in the ocean with unlimited choices of where to go… isn’t that who we are? Don’t we have a whole world to play in? Can’t we choose to make everything fun?
What if we decided to treat the people in our lives with the same curiosity and excitement that we had when we chose them for our lives? What would be different about how we interacted with them?
Can you imagine the people in your life feeling so loved and honored every day? Or even how it would feel to see the people in your life thrive? To me, there is nothing more important than this. Creating real relationships that honor the amazing people in my life for who they are. A lifetime of helping others live their best lives, to know they are loved and helping them awaken their inner strength.
The life of dolphins