Oh baby, baby it’s a wild world!

And everything changes when it’s Spring


All week I’ve been wanting to listen to Cat Stevens, one of my favourite artists of all time! I hear the ads about his South African Tour and feel sad that I can’t afford a ticket. But that’s also okay. So, this morning I look everywhere for my CD, but can’t find it. I turn to technology and iMusic came to the rescue. Yay. “Oh I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in. I’ve gotta let it out” So, I will be sharing my next 45 minutes with you! “Why walk alone, why worry. You got so much to say, say what you mean. Mean what you’re thinkin’, and think anything. Oh why, why must you waste you’re life away”


I couldn’t resist sharing this with you and how the lyrics were telling my story for me.


I hear words like “I listen to the wind of my soul, I sat upon the setting sun. I let my music take me where my heart wants to go. I listen to my words but they fall far below. I swam upon devil’s lake but I’ll never make the same mistake. No, never!”


“Oh, I’ve been followed by a moonshadow. I”ve been leaping and hopping on a moonshadow. And if I ever lose my eyes, if my colours all run dry. Yes if I ever lose my eyes, Oh if I won’t have to cry no more.”


And then the words of Father and Son strikes hard; “It’s not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy, sit down and take it slow… look at me, I am old, but I am happy! I know it’s it’s not esay to be calm, take your time, think a lot, think of everything you’ve got, because you’ll still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not… All the times I have cried, keeping all the things I knew inside. It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.” Deep words expressing deep emotions – not synchronized with the Spring spirit I am supposed to have…


Then morning has broken plays and I realise I am so privileged to have experienced an awesome Spring day sunrise with freshly brewed cup of coffee on my stoep. “Mine is the sunlight, and mine is the morning!” I am grateful for the new day. “Blackbird has spoken!”


Why does Spring change people’s mood and behaviour? Could it be the promise of new hope, dreams and beginnings? Dull trees turn into bursts of colour. Sweet fragrances of jasmine and forget-me-nots fills the fresh morning air. Hibernation is something of the past. Pack away the gown, slippers and heaters. Put on your tekkies and absorb the new season. It’s been six months of hibernation for me after leaving my corporate job.


“My lady D’Arbanville, why do you sleep so still, I’ll wake you tomorrow. Why does it grieve me so, but your heart seems so silent, why do you breathe so low…? You look so cold tonight, your lips feel like winter, your skin is too white.”


“This rose will never die.” I need to get the spring back in my step and TAKE ACTION!


“Oh very young, you’re only dancing on this earth for a very short while, and though your dreams may toss and turn you now, they will vanish away like your dad’s best jeans. Denim blue, faded up to the sky. And though you want it to last it forever, you know it never will, and the patches make it harder to say goodbye. Oh very young, there will never be a better chance to change your mind, if you want this world to see a better day.” “


“Oh, I am on my way. I know I am. Somewhere not so far from here. All I know is all I feel right now; I feel the power growing in my hair. Oh, Life is like a maze of doors and they all open from the side you’re on. Just keep pushing hard… Take a breath. Rest your head. Close your eyes. You’re alright.”


“I know we’ve come along way. We’re changing day to day. But tell me, where do the children play? Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass. Well you’ve cracked the sky. But will you keep on building higher?”


“You can do what you want. The opportunity’s on and if you can find a new way, You can do it today. You can make it all true. And you can make it undo. You see, ah ah ah. It’s easy, ah ah ah. You only need to know”


“I wish I knew, I wish I knew. What makes me, me, and what makes you, you.
It’s just another point of view, a state of mind I’m going through.”


Another Saturday (in this case, Friday) night, and I aint got nobody, I got some money, because I just got paid. Oh, how I wish I had someone to talk to…”


Well, lucky for me, that’s not true! I have all of you to talk to and leave you with these words for the weekend.


Embrace change. Challenge yourself. Take risks. Live. Adapt to the seasons of life. Make the best of your hand of cards you’re dealt with. Be like the gambler; “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”


Hope you all have an awesome Spring weekend. And to those lucky enough to go to Cat Stevens’ Concert! sing your heart out!

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