So, yesterday I had a lot of time in the car by myself. I was free to listen to what I wanted to, as loud as I saw fit and sing out loud the whole time. On my way to my destination “Imagine by John Lennon” came on the radio.
Imagine, has always been one of my very favorite songs. I love the piano music, I love John Lennon’s voice and lastly, I love the message. One time I told a family member how beautiful I thought this song was and I remember him telling me “this song is everything that is wrong with the world.”
Now, that was like 20 years ago. I was probably pretty naive to how the world works (I know that I still am to a degree.) Despite being a teenager, I remember thinking how disappointd I was that he felt like that. Though yesterday when the song came on my Sirius radio channel, all I could think about was Paris. My heart still feels heavy about what happened and what will continue to happen as a result of that day.
Imagine has always made me think about what the world I live in looks like. What does the world I would like my children to continue living in look like? It is already so far from what I imagined back 20 years ago.
My children go to school and have “lock down drills.” You can not turn on the news without hearing something so sad, so unfortunate that you worry about sending your kids out of the house the next day. Just imagine, a day where kids get to stay innocent a little longer.
We constantly wonder why kids are growing up so fast now in days. With what has been going on since they have been born, how could they not be? My kids deserve to live in a world where everyone gets a long and they don’t have reason to hold prejudice against anyone.
At 35, I still believe that my heart is open to all cultures, all religions, all love. I don’t want to get jaded and I want to continue to do all that I can to make sure that my children open their heart in the same way.
On my way home, I put Imagine on my IPod so that I could listen to it again. I sang the words, I shed some tears (yea the Beatles make me do that A LOT) and found myself thinking the same thing I thought 20 years ago. I love this song,I think it is beautiful and I still believe in the spirit of the message.
When I got home, my Aunt had a Lennon Quote on her Facebook wall and she said “I’d like to think I’ll see this happen.” My sentiments exactly! This was the quote she had posted..”You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.” John Lennon