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Issue #1 – Choose Your Own Adventure Soundtrack

I’ll be honest. I secretly dream of having a band follow me throughout my day performing my life soundtrack. Just to set the right tone for daily occurrences and interactions of my life.

If you knew me, you’d know this would be an incredible thing simply based on the amount of awkward situations I get myself into.

And, don’t judge me. You dream of having your own personal soundtrack band too.

Right? Right?!

See, music moves me. I feel it at my core. I started playing the saxophone at age 8 because I saw a movie with Robin Williams in it playing the saxophone…what movie was that, again?…oh yea, this one – Moscow On The Hudson.

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I know. Lame movie, but it inspired me. And since that day music has inspired me.

I’m so intrigued at how the right music at the right moment can capture the emotion that words may not be able to describe.

As of late, two songs are a part of my current soundtrack and, quite literally, are pushing me to be better:

Clockwork by MuteMath

“Time is a thief with a loaded gun”

Warning by Incubus

“She woke in the morning

She knew that her life had passed her by

She called out a warning

Don’t ever let life pass you by”

[audio http://state-lines.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/08-Warning.m4a]

These poignant lyrics have caused me to ask the question, “Am I wasting my time?” Not really a fun question, but necessary.

I wish I could say that I take advantage of every moment and give my time to the right people and things. Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time on things that simply don’t matter (like re-watching Moscow On The Hudson).

The truth is, all of us are given a certain amount of time on this earth. We don’t know how long and it’s not the same for us all. The one thing we do know is that it goes fast and we don’t get it back.

Now, before you get all depressed about the potential amount of life you’re wasting, understand that it doesn’t have to be that way.

How your time is spent is up to YOU. It’s YOUR choice, albeit not an easy one.

It requires a continuous sobering to the reality that life is fleeting and we’ve got to make it count. It would probably help to have that band with you always reminding you…I’m just saying.

Since that’s not going to happen, maybe try this – put lyrics that inspire you where you’ll see them everyday. Listen to things that motivate you…create a soundtrack for your life, if you will.

Basically, choose your own adventure soundtrack.

And live it.

P.S. Why can’t this be real?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qeu7JRwt0]

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Jason Sowell

Jason is a man (really), non-profit entrepreneur, missionary/pastor, musician, part-time barista, and a pro surfer in another life.

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