When you’re a kid, your dreams are endless as you’re told by adults that you can do anything. When you become an adult, that constant push to dream is squashed by the reality of bills, trying to keep up with the “it” people, and viewing your friends lives through social media as it seems more glamorous than your own. The Summer Set will be releasing their first album in more than three years. For the run of their fourth full-length album (Stories For Monday) they have released a few singles with one of them being a song called “Figure Me Out.” It’s a song about reflection. Coming to an epiphany moment where you stop listening to everyone around you and you can finally see things clearly. Getting to that moment is difficult, because it means you have hit rock bottom. Rock bottom is where your thoughts truly fall into place, and it can come in more forms – financial, death, family disfunction, or job frustration; like a boiling point about to blow. One of the lines in the song says:
“Son don’t stop chasing great, and keep pounding the pavement
So, I’d much rather die tryin’ to make something sacred than live as another YouTube sensation.”
As an adult you hope that the choices you make are eventually going to lead you where you want to be. For the last ten years I have moved from city to city, job to job looking for something, but have never truly found it. At this point I don’t know if I even remember what I’m looking for in this world. Security. Family. Friends. To make a difference at something I love. To Change someone’s world for the better. Maybe it’s a little of all of the above, but getting to the point in your life where your imprint is worth more than fortune or fame is something that not everyone achieves. Another person passed away in my graduating high school class and it got me thinking that nothing is worth your time unless you’re happy. I mean truly happy. Not the facade that everyone sees via social media.
“I’m too pop for the punk kids, but I’m too punk for the pop kids
I don’t know just where I fit in cause when I open my mouth I know nobody’s listenin’
In the words of profit who still can’t turn a profit
Cause I don’t fit in with the in crowd, but I’m too Hollywood to go back to my hometown
Cause they think that I’m famous when I know I’m a fraud
Who got too fucked up on the finer things to remember who he forgot
But I believe there’s more to life than all my problems maybe there’s still hope for me to start again…”
We get caught up in what people think. Their judgements become how we live our lives. How many likes did you get on Instagram or Facebook? Does it really matter if some likes the picture you shared, or asked you what’s wrong from your sad status. Of course it matters, because humans thrive on acceptance. Should it matter? I don’t know. I know that if a friend from the past reached out I would be there for whatever they needed. I know if someone I barely know wants to talk something out with an unbiased party I would listen. I know that life hands us situations that we question if we can handle and we are surprised every time we get through it.
Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” So, why is it so difficult to find out that second most important question? We dwell and fester on the past, the choices we make, but we never consider the fact that hindsight is 20/20. That the other decision might not have been better. Living in the now is important, but learning from the past can be a powerful tool. Learn from yourself, learn from history, and learn from the people around you everyday. Continue to do what is best for you and fight to make a difference in more than just your pocketbook or your next status update. And Brian Logan Dales know that this song has given me hope in one of the most frustrating moments in my life, and that it is time to figure me out.