Life’s a long song

by | Jun 3, 2020

Ahh yes… Resilient Ruthie.  The Resilient RLK….. that’s the original name of this blog.  I haven’t written for a while – I feel like I didn’t have much to say, certainly didn’t have much encouraging to say and honestly, I’m not one to complain — and certainly not on the internet. I started to feel like my old domain name didn’t really fit. Since this COVID-19 situation – and at this point we are at least three months into it — I haven’t felt very resilient. I’ve been sort of depressed, even. I don’t know – I don’t even mind spending my time at home, I love my home, it’s just… I feel like I need something for myself. I have things I could be doing too, lots of things actually but I can’t seem to motivate Well, don’t you sigh, don’t you cry…

Lick the dust from your eye
myself. Definitely something wrong.

Like a lot of other isolated, quarantined, distancing people. I have felt no urge to “diet” (I know, not supposed to use that word but), no interest in eating super-healthy. Little interest in exercising. I need to get myself back together. My husband has been home too, and that’s been fine but for some reason I’ve felt I need to make him (and me) several “treats”. I’ve made donuts, muffins, coffee cake, pop tarts, cake, cupcakes… uh… that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.   Indeed, today alone, I was looking at recipes for whoopie pies and swiss rolls.   I am not even that crazy about whoopie pies. I’m not sure why actually – but now I want to try some.   Oy vay.  At least the vast majority of those things have been gluten free.

So..during this isolation period I’ve gained like five pounds. And granted, that may not be the worst, because there are times it’s been 6 or 7 pounds..  but in reality, it’s like five.  I can still save this!  I keep wanting to start again, and then the day comes and I don’t do it.  I’ve heard of the “Quarantine Fifteen” – but I’m not that bad thank goodness.  Need to get back on track!

Well, don’t you squeal as the heel…

Grinds you under the wheels..
I’m sort of motivating myself right now to do it by writing.  Instead of IGNORING it all — I know how to do it, and I’ve done it a million times.  And I just need to do it again.

Oh – and cocktails?  Yeah, we have imbibed more than usual being stuck at home. Just being honest.

So — I renamed my blog one of my favorite songs “Life Is A Long Song” by Jethro Tull.  This song speaks to me, a LOT.  Another song that speaks to me a lot is “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day” (I could’ve got that domain name too, but it’s pretty long. ). Anyway, I feel less restricted to what I can write – I don’t have to necessarily act like Ms. Resiliency all the time. Because like I said, I’m not.

The words in Life Is a Long Song – is truly a song about resilience.  No wonder I love it so much!  Buck up baby, hang in there, be strong!

When you’re falling awake
And you take stock of the new day
And you hear your voice croak
As you choke on what you need to say
Well, don’t you fret, don’t you fear
I will give you good cheer
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
If you wait then your plate I will fill
As the verses unfold
and your soul suffers the long day
And the twelve o’clock gloom
Spins the room, you struggle on your way
Well, don’t you sigh, don’t you cry
Lick the dust from your eye
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
We will meet in the sweet light of dawn
As the Baker Street train spills your pain
All over your new dress
And the symphony sounds
underground puts you under duress
Well, don’t you squeal as the heel
Grinds you under the wheels
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
But the tune ends too soon for us all.
                 – written by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull
Check out this great archive footage of the group Jethro Tull, with Ian Anderson singing this beautiful song!
Hearing this always makes me happy.  Isn’t that what music should do for us in our lives?


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