Lyrics Day Eighty Two – ‘One Person’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are about a struggle I’ve had for some time. Perhaps struggle is too serious a word, but certainly a psychological conundrum. I always wanted to help a lot of people and enact great change, and certainly during this time, when I’ve been unable to complete my regular volunteer duties, I’ve analysed my progress and found myself to be lacking. But, this didn’t just happen during this period of time, but for the last ten years, at least. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to help somebody, but I always feel like it isn’t enough; like, there’s a higher mountain to climb in order to truly make my life count.

As a positive, it does mean that I’m always looking for new ways to support people in new ways, but it’s mostly a negative, because I never feel a lasting satisfaction from doing that, despite it being my life’s mission. I think it’s often because I imagine the top of the summit, the moment where the lives of thousands of people are saved, or improved, and everything else seems to pale in comparison to that ultimate goal.

These thoughts have been more prominent recently, and so I forced myself to consider it, whilst I was at work today. And I suddenly thought, ‘if helping one person isn’t worthwhile, then by that logic, helping a million is irrelevant, too.’

So, by the same token, I can say, because helping a million people is relevant, then one is, too.

I’ve been so caught up in my ultimate goal that I’ve actually declined invitations to volunteer events in the past, thinking ‘that won’t many help many people, so what’s the point?’ But, I was missing the point. It’s true that I want to change the lives of a lot of people for the better, as many as possible, in my life. But it’s the intention behind those acts that matters, and every single person is important in that journey. Whether I go on to help one more or a million more, my intention in living, and in those actions will be the same, and that’s what counts.

Stay safe, and thoughtful ~

Sean

One Person (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Had an epiphany today
perhaps I’ve finally solved
the mystery of my mind
why I never give applause

Continuously focused
on radical achievements
never stopped to focus
on what a single one meant

Whoever I helped
it was never enough
wanted the save the world
and I only saved one

Continuously focused
on radical achievements
never stopped to focus
on what a single one meant
Save one person or many?
Their value is the same
your intention is what matters
to support without delay

 
Made the mistake of thinking
my intentions were trivial
actions a drop in the ocean
unseen and inconsequential
Actually they mean everything
and that’s because
if one person isn’t worthwhile
then nobody is

 
Continuously focused
on radical achievements
never stopped to focus
on what a single one meant
To save one or many?
Their value is the same
your intention is what matters
to support without delay

Lyrics Day Forty Five – ‘Promise’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written about a promise, to myself, and to someone very special to me. I wrote these yesterday, on May 18th, and the evening of May 17th, we had a wonderful conversation. It was only via text, but I can remember every word. I told her, as I wrote about recently, that I was struggling a bit with identity – the reasons behind my actions.

She really encouraged me, and told me how much I meant to her. I feel like, if I inspired her, then I’ve definitely done something right 🙂 I won’t say that I know everything about myself, but she reminded me of what I stood for, and for her, and for me, I won’t ever stop trying to become the very best version of myself.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Promise (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I’ll make this promise
both to you and myself
devoted to my purpose
leaving nothing on the shelf

 
I was struggling with identity
doubting the reasons why
but with just a few words
you’re right by my side

Such a warm feeling
from words on a screen
still, heart to heart
I understand what you mean

 
I was struggling with identity
doubting the reasons why
but with just a few words
you’re right by my side
Always pushing me onward
and keeping me honest
I’ll become my best self
for you, I promise

 
It happens too often
my heart filled with doubt
always lost in thought
considering what I’m without
but you just show up
out of the blue
inspiring me always –
I’ll do it for you

I was struggling with identity
doubting the reasons why
but with just a few words
you’re right by my side
Always pushing me onward
and keeping me honest
I’ll be the best version of me
for you, I promise

Lyrics Day Forty Four – ‘Change’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics focus on the concept of change. I guess when you hear the word change, you’ll have your own reaction it – for some it causes excitement, and others concern. To be honest, change isn’t comfortable for me, at least initially, in most cases. But the change that I’m speaking of in these lyrics relates to the change that I do like, and need – the profound change of character over time.

I plan to write these lyrics for a long time to come, and in some way, it’s sort of turning into a diary. Not in the traditional sense, but it does keep a log of what I’m thinking about, in relation to the different topics each day. Initially, I asked people to choose topics for me, and whilst you’re still welcome to do that, I find it so meaningful to write about issues that are close to my thoughts at any given time. Hopefully, these words allow you to consider what change means to you.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Change (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Such profound meaning
from a six letter word
when it takes place
all around the echo is heard

I want to change
to know myself better
understand my values fully
then follow them to the letter

 
Because I’ll trust myself
external forces won’t matter
I’ll dust them off quietly
continue filling the soul’s platter

I want to change
to know myself better
understand my values fully
then follow them to the letter
Whatever the destination
my method is set
only one way to react
no matter how tough life gets

At every stage of life
there are many bumpy roads
but a heart filled with purpose
always has somewhere to go
I seek to understand
just who I am really
no more doubt or shame
only knowing my path clearly

 
I want to change
to know myself better
understand my values fully
then follow them to the letter
Whatever the destination
my method is set
only one way to react
no matter how tough life gets

 

Lyrics Day Forty One – ‘Happy Birthday’

Hey everyone,

as I wrote yesterday, I’ve been reading about the concept of identity, and realised that I have far less knowledge than I believed, regarding my own identity. Today is actually my Birthday, so whilst writing this, I was thinking about my resolution for this year – trying to understand myself better, and in doing so, achieving more of the confidence and assertiveness that I wish to develop.

 

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Happy Birthday (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Another year older
not a great deal wiser
unsure of how to progress
so much dirt on my visor

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated

 
Things were supposed to be different
but my head’s still in the clouds
how to be confident and assertive?
Enveloped in an elusive shroud

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated
Let’s hope the next year
signals a new dawn
you tried your best
so Happy Birthday, Sean

 
It’s easy to feel defeated
when things don’t go your way
but the only true solution
comes with hard work, every day
Now I have 365 of those
so to myself I make a promise
this time next year I’ll be better
confident, assertive, and always honest

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated
Let’s hope the next year
signals a new dawn
you tried your best
so Happy Birthday, Sean

Lyrics Day Twenty Nine – ‘Enough’

Hey everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping well. Today’s lyrics speak for themselves in all honesty, but I just want to explain briefly. Since I moved to the area where I went to University, I don’t get to see my family/friends from back home so much, though I do speak with them on the phone, of course. But, I went back to my old home last summer and two of my close friends told me that they’d been struggling with issues that I knew nothing about, as did my Dad. When I was returning home on the train, after having visited, I felt so frustrated that all of these difficult situations were happening for people I cared about.

I don’t feel at fault, but I resolved to at least check in more than I had done, in an attempt to at least be aware of these problems, so I could possibly help to solve them. Whilst I’m caught up with my own thoughts, problems and daily life, there are a lot of people suffering in different ways. This song relates to my feelings on that.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Enough (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Travelled home in the summer
Dad having problems with finance
a friend had considered suicide
after a failed romance

So many issues
outside of my influence
I’m lacking in ways
to make meaningful difference

 
Each second that passes
feels like another wasted
I’m always too late
defeat already tasted

So many issues
outside of my influence
I’m lacking in ways
to make meaningful difference
Whilst I’m distracted
others have it so tough
wish I could do something
that felt like enough

 
To be a good man
with noble intentions
is not sufficient
or deserving of mention
Our actions define us
and all that we stand for
words aren’t enough –
I have to do more

 
So many issues
outside of my influence
I’m lacking in ways
to make meaningful difference
Whilst I’m distracted
others have it so tough
wish I could do something
that felt like enough

Lyrics Day Twenty Six – ‘Purpose’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics focus on the topic of purpose. For me, a person’s purpose is truly fascinating; first of all, what it is, but equally interesting is the question of why they want to achieve this goal. It all relates to character, and personality, and I believe that everybody has a purpose of some kind. I would love it if there were art exhibitions in towns and cities where people could draw or paint on the theme of their own purpose, without words. I think, no matter the quality of art displayed, it would be such a fascinating experience. I imagine looking at a piece of art and trying to understand the person behind it. To that end, it would be even better if you could then have a conversation with the artist, if they were willing.

I’ve always felt a strong sense of purpose, and it has guided me, both in major decisions and everyday life. If you’d like to have a conversation about purpose, and what it means to you, then by all means, please leave me a message – I’d love to speak about it 🙂 And, I hope that these lyrics can at least spark thoughts of your own purpose.

Stay well ~

Sean

 

Purpose (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

A blade thrusting forwards
It always seemed to guide me
meant that every failure
came with a silver lining

 
Coursing through my veins
shaping feelings and thoughts
never ever questioned
not a single retort

I won’t regret a thing
stay true to my goal
can’t bear the hurtful sting
of dismissing my resolve

 
Coursing through my veins
shaping feelings and thoughts
never ever questioned
not a single retort
it always stood beside me
overwhelming, but no surplus
has given my life meaning
fighting for a purpose

Purpose exists in everyone
even if undiscovered
and from the darkest depths
it can always be recovered
A glorious burden
can sometimes take its toll
but purpose is the basis
of your heart and soul

 
Coursing through my veins
shaping feelings and thoughts
never ever questioned
not a single retort
it always stood beside me
overwhelming, but no surplus
has given my life meaning
fighting for a purpose