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#Blogtober2020 Day 9: Imagine

 

Imagine has been one of my favourite songs for over 20 years. One I recorded to listen to on my discman at university. A song to inspire but also berate me for my own lack of gratitude. A call to peaceful protest against capitalism and selfishness.
Most importantly perhaps, a demand for unity and love which has now been expanded for tolerance, respect and love for all humankind irrespective of their differences to ourselves.

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one
The problem is that I CAN’T imagine it. We seem further away from this love than ever so I had a look for other John Lennon quotes to see if any others felt apt for my life and the world in general.
I’m not sure how much I believe this one but it is a great viewpoint: When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
This one is empowering and thought-provoking: Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.

But my favourite is this, which offers hope: Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

 


3 comments

  1. Imagine is such a beautiful song. It would be amazing if the song was true and happened but you are right we are further away from it than ever!
    I have read those John Lennon quotes before. He really was a wise man. x

  2. It feels like we need this song more than ever at the moment. We seem to live in a world where people think it is their right to be unkind and nasty. Hopefully there are more people making, doing and giving away peace! #ParentPower

  3. For about 30 years, my NY resolution has been to be happy, bevause I figure that’s quite a big task. When i was in my early twenties, a lot of people found this somehow offensive and sometimes even get quite hostile about it if I told them (a lot of men thought it meant I just wanted to have sex with everyone – which I think said a lot more about them than me). Apparently in your 20’s, losing weight or making money are the only acceptable resolutions to have. That all seemed a little vacuous to me. Now when I tell people they nod wisely. I guess it takes some people time to realise they need to be active in their thinking about knowing themselves and doing what works for them (or more importantly not doing what doesn’t).
    In lockdown, my focus was on the kids mental health and everything else was secondary – as a result, we had a pretty good time. The school work still got done but without the stress. I think happiness is in the moments that pass, not a fixed activity.
    Lovely post.

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