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Life's for Living... The Best Songs to Show Us the Way

by Ruth Gibson 3 years ago in playlist

You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once

There are many songs that remind us that life is for living and that we only get one chance to walk this Earth and we need to make the most of that time. How we do that is different for everyone and what makes one person's soul dance will make another's blood boil. We have to figure out our own path and find what makes us tick as individuals. These are my favourite songs to remind me that what's important is that we always strive to make the most of the lives we are given, and the time we have.

As a Bon Jovi fan, this classic track has to be first on the list. This song reminds me that time is not endless and we have to make the most of the time we are given. Bon Jovi have many, many motivational songs that I could have chosen including "Welcome to Wherever You Are," "Born Again Tomorrow," "Rich Man Living in a Poor Man's House" and "The Fire Inside" to name a few.

It's my life

It's now or never

I ain't gonna live forever

I just want to live while I'm alive

This song asks if you're happy with the world that you're living in—if not, you need to change something. We only have one life and we need to strive towards happiness. The Script also has other motivational songs such as "Hall of Fame."

It's hard enough trying to live your life

But not following your dreams made you dead inside

If you don't love what you do

It's not right, it's not right for you

Perspective and the way that we look at things can have a huge impact on the way that we react to situations and the way that we feel about certain events. Changing our outlook to a more positive one and learning to be thankful for the little things can make a difference to our mental wellbeing.

Have you ever danced in the rain

Or thanked the sun

Just for shining, just for shining

Or the sea?

Oh no, take it all in

The world's a show

And yeah, you look much better,

Look much better when you glow

We can have days when we have the best of everything and days when the opposite is true. How we react to these changes and how we get along with the other people around us will determine how we feel about them. If we can appreciate that not everything can be good and that not everything is bad, we can find a happy middle ground.

It ain't what happens to you, it's what you do about it

'Cause we're here today (hey!), and gone tomorrow

If you want to make the world a better place, you have to start with yourself. What can you do that will benefit other living beings on the planet? What can you do to make someone else's day a little brighter?

I'm starting with the man in the mirror

I'm asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been any clearer

If you want to make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

The way that we treat other people lets them know how we feel about them. Words are great, but actions are better. If you don't say the right words, but you have shown how you feel through your behaviour, people should be left in no doubt how you feel about them. Always be kind. Always be giving. Always be loyal.

If tomorrow never comes

Will she know how much I loved her

Did I try in every way to show her every day

That she's my only one

You have to live for today because tomorrow could be too late. Simple message! Are you happy with the way you've lived your life? If it ended tonight, could you say you've lived the best life you possibly could?

If today was your last day

And tomorrow was too late

Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?

Leave old pictures in the past

Donate every dime you have?

If today was your last day

This song is all about living for the moment and taking the chances that life throws at us. Bryans' new song called "All or Nothing" from his latest album Shine A Light speaks of the same message—gotta live your life!

I don't wanna live forever

I just wanna go for broke

Gonna ride through any kind of weather

Go out in a cloud of smoke

I don't wanna live - don't wanna live forever

A song about the regret of not taking chances and not letting someone know how you feel about them before it's too late. Reminds me that we have to do what feels right at the time. This way, we won't have regrets like this later on. Take risks and accept the challenges as they are presented to you. The saddest feeling is that of what could have been.

It could've been me

Standing there with you

It could've been me

And my dreams coming true

But those dreams move on

If you wait too long

Like the song I learned as a child when starting to play the recorder, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again." Not everything is easy, but dedication and hard work will be rewarded, eventually. Have the courage to dream and work towards something you believe in.

You can get it if you really want

But you must try, try and try, try and try

You'll succeed at last

Staying true to yourself is important. Have the courage to forge your own path and do the things that your heart desires. Don't let others discourage you.

I got just one life

In a world that keeps on pushin' me around

But I'll stand my ground

And I won't back down

This song reminds me that things will work out in the end, even if it doesn't seem like it now. We have no control over our future so live it, accept it, and understand that whatever will be, will be.

My father said

Don't you worry, don't you worry child

See heaven's got a plan for you

Don't you worry, don't you worry now

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Ruth Gibson

I am half of StRuth Adventures (Steve and Ruth). As a couple, we have been exploring the world together for nearly 2 decades. We have been to 30+ countries so far.

Follow our adventure using #struthadventures

Instagram - @struth_adventures

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