Monday, October 10, 2016

One Mile, Multiple Lyrics

While I’m driving along the straight plains of Northern Indiana, the crazy traffic of Indianapolis, and the curvy, hilly Southern Indiana roads there’s always a song playing along with every mile driven. Some of these songs make you realize how grateful you should be to be where you’re at in life or others remind you of how important someone is to you. Either way, when we hear these songs we deal with a ball of emotions that overcome us. We deal with these crazy emotions by crying sad or happy tears, belting every lyric (or making them up as you go), or by silently taking in every word sang. Each song that builds up the emotions is just as important as every mile driven across the beautiful state of Indiana. For some reason, these songs mean more when I’m cruising along these beautiful roads with the windows down and my teammates nearby.

Of all the songs that have played in the background of conversations or filled the silent moments, there’s always one song that speaks to me every time I listen to it. If you’re close to me, I bet you’ve already guessed the song I’m talking about… Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice. Since the moment I’ve listened to these lyrics years ago, I’ve tried to live my life by this song but more specifically, by two lines. The first line of lyrics are “be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse ‘I love you.’” If you walked up to my desk in the state officer house office, you’d see these lyrics written on a chalkboard, hanging up high for everyone to embrace. These lyrics not only remind me to be the kind of friend I’d want, be truthful just as everyone deserves, or remind people I love them, but to also be a genuine and humble person. Whether I hear these lyrics randomly on the radio while enjoying Indiana roads, or play the song in the office, it always serves as a friendly reminder to be the kind of person 10-year-old Sneha would look up to.
The chalkboard above my desk that serves as a reminder.

The second line of lyrics that have left a mark on me are “go to work, do your best, don’t outsmart your common sense.” Reread those lyrics and let them sink in for a moment. Go to work. Do your best. Don’t outsmart your common sense. Working day after day and taking on new tasks can be not only challenging but defeating when you don’t see immediate results. These lyrics remind me that every second of hard work and perseverance will pay off. Even if this song doesn’t speak to you, allow these lyrics to remind you that the feeling of defeat will turn into a large impact if you continue to work hard, do your best, and not outsmart yourself.

Next time you’re driving along, listen to the music playing a little more closely. One song can spark a feeling of sadness, happiness, or serve as a reminder to be the person a younger version of yourself would look up to. For each mile driven, each verse playing can make a difference. What song speaks to you?

Loving Like Crazy,
Sneha Jogi
2016-2017 Indiana FFA State NRVP

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