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Listen to Yourself – How a Bon Jovi Song Helped Me Remember Something Important

I’ve always been a big Bon Jovi fan but lost touch with their music the past few years. I was working out a few days ago, listening to their album “Have a Nice Day” and a song called “Welcome To Wherever You Are” came on. I was jogging and the lyrics stopped me in my tracks. I’m not a crier by nature, but at that moment I was almost in tears reflecting on my journey and how far I’ve come. Learning how to listen to yourself turns out to be one of my bigger challenges and it was incredible that the universe gave this to me at the exact moment I needed it.

I was going to point out a specific lyric that touched me, but it’s the entire sentiment, the complete thought reached me so deeply. This is your life, you made it this far…  enjoy.

Listen to Yourself

BON JOVI LYRICS 

“Welcome To Wherever You Are”

Maybe we’re different, but we’re still the same
We all got the blood of Eden, running through our veins
I know sometimes it’s hard for you to see
You come between just who you are and who you wanna be

If you feel alone, and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning, is some beginning’s end

[Chorus]
Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
Welcome, to wherever you are

When everybody’s in, and you’re left out
And you feel your drowning, in a shadow of a doubt
Everyones a miracle in their own way
Just listen to yourself, not what other people say

When it seems you’re lost, alone and feeling down
Remember everybody’s different
Just take a look around

[Chorus]

Be who you want to, be who you are
Everyones a hero, everyones a star

When you wanna give up, and your hearts about to break
Remember that you’re perfect, God makes no mistakes

[Chorus]

8 thoughts on “Listen to Yourself – How a Bon Jovi Song Helped Me Remember Something Important

    1. Quite good – thank you for asking! Really been focused on understanding why I think the things I think and do the things I do. Been reading some incredible stoic works and a book called “Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” that sort of blew my mind. Truth be told, I feel really good about things right now and am trying to avoid falling into the trap I have of wondering when the other shoe will drop 🙂

      How are you?

      1. I’m going through ups and a few downs but the ups are more consistent towards the end. It’s great that you are not worries about the other shoe to drop. That means a good amount of emotional control.

        1. The ups and downs, if you can relax mean you are alive. Learning to enjoy the ride is one of those things I’ve never been good at – so practicing acceptance has been new, and really effective.

          One foot in front of the other my friend – every day is another day to walk the walk.

          1. Thanks for mentioning “Six Pillars of Self Esteem”. I just started reading it and I have to say, it’s a dynamite of a book. I’m really going page by page to digest and honour its message.

          2. Yep, amazing book. I am on week 4 of my own efforts and doing the weekend summaries. It’s sneaky how it works. Glad you found that book as well – I will eventually post a blog about it.

  1. I’d like to ask your advice on something. (Sorry I’m commenting so much, but it’s really helpful)

    I have been questioning myself about the proper use of facebook. I am planning a cool trip soon and was mentally sketching out the stuff I would post about it. I even bought a 60 fps camera just for this purpose. I am aware of facebook envy and feel it myself too sometimes looking at other peoples cool stuff. Should I post about my vacation? I have put some thought about how to post things that wouldn’t end up looking obnoxious (like food pics or too many selfies) and maybe add aesthetic value to my stuff so it distracts from the envy, but now I’m existentially questioning the purpose of doing this at all. I mean, I am travelling alone, I would be enjoying things alone, why post about it at all? Would anyone get anything out of it, or will I just be spreading fomo and depression for a few likes?

    1. Solid question. I have significantly pulled back oversharing every little detail of my life and it’s given me much needed privacy and perspective. That said, I think my family and friends like to see some photos every so often, especially when I go somewhere interesting. I suggest the following – go on your trip and have a great time. Leave social media behind but take great pics and then pick 4 or 5 of the best shots and share them when you are back, relaxed, excited to share and after you were able to process the trip. I don’t think you need to overthink it – your close friends and family will very likely love to see your smiling face.

      One other thing about Facebook – I deleted casual acquaintances and strangers a few months ago and created a limited group I post to which gives me intimacy when I post and a knowledge of who will see what. It’s really helped me not worry too much about what strangers think.

      As for spreading FOMO and depression, your photos, no matter how amazing aren’t going to come close to the crap that’s already out there.

      Enjoy the trip, maybe you could pen a guest blog post when you are back if you had any insights you wanted to share about your experience.

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