Our life’s work is to find our own beat and celebrate it

Our life’s work is to find our own beat and celebrate it

08/27/2022

As I grow older, I am trying more than ever to live the life I love, following my heart, seeking comfort and joy in the things that matter to me, being nourished by the people and ideas that speak to my soul.

It wasn’t always thus, and I am glad that the journey of the years is now funding a gathering wisdom. This wisdom does not dismiss the mistakes and disappointments made along the way – there were marvels too – but this rhythm is part of a new music.

When we find our own rhythm we find a freedom, a truth to tell.Credit:AP

Perhaps I am outgrowing the life expected of me and growing into the life of who I am becoming; with its attendant colours and variations and new relishings, the reclaiming of things that I had left behind as childhood dreams. I am much more certain about the things that matter to me and what is of trifling consequence. I know there are more adventures on the way.

The 1960s song The Rhythm of Life proclaimed that life had a powerful beat. Our life’s work is to find our own beat and celebrate it. Most of us are in necessary thrall to the twin ties of duty and expectation. This is no bad thing, when they are the foundation stones for decency and integrity and the values that bind us together as a community. But it is not happy or healthy or life-giving if we deny a core part of who we are – if we masquerade ourselves to satisfy goals that others have set for us.

When we find our own rhythm we find a freedom, a truth to tell. We can inject a new beat into our daily lives, jazz them up. This is not an abnegation of responsibility, but an added dimension which means we are not afraid to do something differently, to listen to the beat of a different drum, to follow the road less travelled, to offer a strong opinion or to revisit the teenage dream and touch it tremulously because it hasn’t yet disappeared.

As the years gather pace, we are reminded that if we don’t stand for something we stand for nothing. We are reminded that this is our show: a-once-in-our-own-lifetime bravura performance. It’s our turn to shine, albeit briefly, but with an irrefutable incandescence that lends a warming glow to those around us, the audience of our loved ones. It is our brief candle moment.

This is our show: a-once-in-our-own-lifetime bravura performance.

Sometimes in finally finding that groove, we briefly upset the pre-recorded rhythm of others because their picture of us has to be redrawn or reconfigured, even reassessed. It is a necessary adjustment if the truth is to be held high; if the reality of who we are at heart is not to be camouflaged by other people’s perceptions.

When we find our rhythm of life, we are blessed. We live in tune with who we are, that inner music pulsing through us, the true note found.

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