OneRepublic – Counting Stars
I just listened to this song for the first time, yesterday, and although I can’t fully grasp what the song is trying to convey, there are two verses in the song that I can relate to.
- “Everything that kills me, makes me feel alive.”
- “Everything that drowns me, makes me want to fly.”
The first verse actually reminds me of the 4th of July in 2009, when I went skydiving with friends. I was excited to finally get the chance to do it, but once they opened the doors to that plane, I was terrified. Regardless of the matter, I crossed my arms to make an ‘X’ in front of my body as my tandem jumper counted us down from 5,000 feet up in the sky. Instead of saying ‘3’, however, we leaped out of the plane and I started to fall. It was quite disorienting at first, but the view and the overall experience was incredible. I believe that it’s through this experience that I enjoy taking calculated risks, because at the end of the day we have to seize the day (carpe diem) and allow us to feel ‘alive’.
The second verse is something that is a bit closer to my heart, as I’ve always had a deep-seated passion for feeling ‘free’. As a kid, I had dreams where I flew, and in some cases I consciously knew that I was dreaming, but continued to do it anyway. It’s been years, perhaps even decades since I’ve had dreams of flying, but I can tell you that I don’t like feeling ‘trapped’ or tied down to a single place, object, or thing. I enjoy feeling… free.
I’m sure this has all been somewhat too personal or what-not, but what else is a blog for? In summation, I think I’m drawn to this song primarily for those two sentences than anything else. The end.