When you pass a person on the street what do you think?
Most of the time we don’t think at all; we simply pass the person and, in many cases, do our best to avoid eye contact.
You can’t be friends with everybody.
Or like everybody.
Life is hard for many people in many ways. You have obligations, worries; maybe you are sick or a loved one is sick. Maybe not, but there is the boss….the mortgage…the kids…the broken car.
I have had a lot of things happen in my life, some good and a little too much bad, and, once, during a really down time in my life, I kept telling myself that I just want to have a little fun. For a moment. For an hour, one sweet hour. Imagine! It was that intense without letup.
Billie Holiday is a favorite of mine. She was one of the few who had a voice that ripped your soul out and put it in front of you to see.
One day, in the depth of the Great Depression, Billie Holiday recorded a song that asked the same question I asked myself: why can’t the burden lift and I can have some fun, be carefree, laugh. I would listen to her sing and think, yes, I can chose to get some fun out of life.
If only for a moment. Or nearly for an hour.
Billie did that for me. She explained how in the song.