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Should we just let Life Happen?

Does Tammy Cochran's song, Life Happened, depress the hell out of anyone else?

For those who don't listen to country
From the time she was 13
Julie Thompson had a dream
Someday she would see her name in lights
And after every High School play
The grown-ups all would say
That Julie's future sure is lookin' bright
Well I saw her selling videos at a store in Eastland mall
I said why aren't you in Hollywood taking casting calls
She handed me my change and started laughing

And said Life happened
Me and Bobby Chapman fell in love
Daddy passed away and the babies came
And drama school was just too much
Now there's little league and mouths to feed and I direct a Kindergarten Christmas pageant
Life happened

Curtis had an old Chevelle
The cops knew that car well
He never lost a race on Windy Hollow Road
By the time he turned 18
He was a Georgia dirt track king
Proudly sponsored by the local Texaco
I bumped into him at Murphy's bar
And he ordered us a round
I said, "Why aren't you in Rockingham chasing Gordon down?"
He killed his drink and tore the corners off his napkin

And said Life happened
I was driving home from Athens late one night
A trucker fell asleep and swapped paint with me
He said, "I rolled that van at least 5 times
Now I thank my stars
And I sell used cars
And I teach drivers Education at Saint Catherine's.
Yeah Life happened"

I saw the rest of my old Friends
At our reunion at the Holiday inn
And it seemed like it was only yesterday
Standing in the gym in our cap and gown full of wonder, lust, and glory bound
We set out to chase our dreams on wings of passion
But somewhere along the way we got distracted

Life happened
The clothes went out of fashion with our songs
We started families and bought SUV's
Became step-dads
And Soccer moms
I finally realized we turned out all right
And we spent the night just catching up and dancing,
And Life happened

Reading the lyrics, it doesn't make me as sad, but the video usually tears me up (I really have to set the TV to some other channel than CMT to wake me up. VH1 doesn't play sad crap in the morning). I don't want to accept the idea that it is okay to bargain away your dreams for "good enoughs". I don't want good enoughs for myself and my high school friends.

I look at us and wonder if we are already settling for less. When we graduated, we thought we were special, that we had somehow escaped the small town taint that effected most of our graduating class. Now, none of us are working in or pursuing our original career goals, we've all had to look at failure in the face, something we never had to do at Delton-Kellogg High School. Maybe the Delton Cursetm got us, too, but it does seem like "we all turned out okay".

Nothing like trying to argue a point, and having your argument actually change your mind.

Have a great day, everyone
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