Country kinda happy.

Yesterday, I had a long drive ahead of me, so (like always) I tuned into every country radio station I could find and flipped through each station after I would sing song after song. There were two songs in particular that I sang with a lot of passion because the lyrics spoke to me so much.

The first was Carrie Underwood’s song “Wasted.” I will forever love Carrie because she not only has an incredible voice, but also has so much meaning in her songs. She is one of the few successful female country artists, and I applaud her for everything that she has accomplished since winning the fourth season of American Idol.

Lyrics that hit home for me:

I don’t wanna spend my life jaded
Waiting to wake up one day and find
That I let all these years go by

Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” was the second song. This classic is one that I will never stop singing (no matter who is in the car with me). Any fan of country music knows that this song is at the heart of what country music is and stands for. So many of the words in this song are beautifully sung and strung together.

Lyrics that hit home for me:

He said I was in my early 40’s,
With a lot of life before me,
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days, lookin’ at the x-rays,
Talkin’ ’bout the options and talkin’ ’bout sweet time.
Asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end.
How’s it hit ya, when you get that kind of news.
Man what ya do.
And he says,

I went sky divin’,
I went rocky mountain climbin’,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying,
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’.

Like tomorrow was a gift and you’ve got eternity
To think about what you do with it,
What could you do with it, what can
I do with with it, what would I do with it.

What makes both of these songs so special to me is that they emphasize living in the present. We have a finite number of days on this Earth, and we never know when God will call us up. Without trying to sound morbid, I just want to start living in a way where I can embrace each day as a new beginning… as a way to improve and be better than yesterday. I want to live in a sense, like I am dying.

If you have time, please listen to the songs 🙂
WARNING: These songs make me cry, so they might cause you to get a little emotional.

country girl at heart, Miranda




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