Rise Against is a punk rock band with lyrics that cut deep and challenge the ways of modern society. They get pretty political from time to time, but they also dish out songs that save those lost souls out there.
“Survive” is one of those soul saving songs. Here’s what it taught me: (I’m not affiliated with the band, I’m just a fan. Therefore, I won’t use the lyrics to this song in this post. The song can be found anywhere music is found, probably.)
1 – Everyone out there is going through hard times, too.
It’s alright to feel sad if life hits you hard, but it’s not okay to throw a pity party for yourself. It’s not okay to lash out and claim you’re the only person on the planet facing adversity.
Everyone in the human race has issues. Whether it’s family drama, financial stress, death, depression, addiction, sickness, etc. – we’ve all had our fair share of unfortunate situations.
It’s not a competition to see who has it worse. We’re all on the same team, here. We all go through tough times and we need to stand together to get through it.
2 – Wishing time away is a form of giving up.
We waste countless time on waiting for time to pass. It really makes little sense for us to do this. Time is precious and if we are only living through the week waiting for the weekend, we’ve given up on life.
We all have to find that spark and passion that makes us forget to eat and sleep. Find that pursuit that you’ll think about nonstop when you’re bored at work or sitting at home. Find what motivates you to get out of bed and work on personal projects.
Our society frowns upon this because we have the misconception that if an action doesn’t make money, it’s pointless. This isn’t true. Think about what gets you excited and start some side projects for fun.
Don’t wish time away, use the time wisely. What can you do today that will excite your unique soul?
3 – Hardships build us up as humans.
The famous quote, “Smooth seas don’t make good sailors,” is perfect for life. If we aren’t challenged emotionally, physically, spiritually – we’ll remain weak and inexperienced.
Life will suck…often. But each downfall is a lesson and a workout for our resilience. Each mistake and tragedy adds to our character and makes us…us.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my personal battles. And neither would you.
So yes, life sucks at times, but don’t see it as a chore. See it as a challenge. It’s a chance to prove how awesome and powerful you truly are.
If you’ve never heard the song “Survive” by Rise Against, I’d strongly suggest it. If you don’t like punk or rock music, just look up the lyrics. It’s a great song. We all go through tragedy, our battles build us up, and we have to stop wishing time away.
On an active note, this is also a great song for working out. Very motivating.
Thanks for reading this post. Go out and find your passion that stops you from wishing time away.
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