A friend of mine texted me in a panic last week. His college requires he take a creative writing class to graduate with his bachelors degree, so he’d enrolled for this semester. He’d already warned me that he might be coming to me for a little assistance, so I wasn’t in complete shock when he sent me: “WTF does is a theme song of my life?”
I’ll admit it. I chuckled first. Then I called him. Apparently, his professor’s instructions were to come back on Monday with a song to play for the class as the theme song of their life. She’d stated she didn’t care about obscenities or content, but that they must have one. Now this friend of mine is a “rock the boat” kind of guy. He’s creative, but more the conniving sneaky kind of creative. When he was younger and less mature, he was the guy that his friends would call for revenge schemes. Of course, whenever I think of revenge, I laugh…because I always end up thinking of Norm McDonald’s Dirty Work and his revenge for hire business.
Now my friend may be capable of being devious, but most of that was youthful indiscretion. But when it comes to his creative mind, he’s a bit too literal minded for the directions she gave. She’d have been better off asking him to create the perfect murder. I’m sure he’d have been able to write that quickly.
I didn’t leave my explanation to the potential misunderstandings that can happen through text. He’s not great at reading “tone”. I called him. It turned out that he wasn’t doing anything, so he swung by to take me to breakfast and talk about his project.
I explained to him that theme songs can mean different things to different people, but at the end of the day, it’s always something that is meaningful to the individual. I know athletes who pick their theme song based on tone and energy and the ability of the song to motivate or drive them…especially when they get tired are are ready to quit. I know other people who pick something that they associate with their family because it was a favorite they’ve heard their entire lives. Still others pick songs that represent the different aspects they’re going through in that moment. The reality is, as life changes, your theme song usually does, too.
Now my friend…he’s a huge Pink! fan…so I half expected his theme song to be something like Raise Your Glass or if he was feeling particularly raunchy…U+Ur Hand. But, like people tend to do, he surprised me. Instead he picked the following video. I think it’s great!
Me? I’m sure it’s no shock to anyone…even before he called me about his assignment, I had my theme song down. For me, it’s more about how I view life and the way I choose to attack it. Mine is designed to inspire me and remind me of where my true power has always been. Inside me.
So what about you? What do you think of my friend’s choice in songs? Or mine? When you think about your life…what theme song comes to mind? What makes your song meaningful to you? How does it relate to your life today?