Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Never Enough


100 Years by Five For Fighting

I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way
A family on my mind

I'm 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

15 I'm all right with you
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you're wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm 99 for a moment
Dying for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

15 there's still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you're on your way
Every day's a new day...

15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live


I share these song lyrics with my sophomores.  We talk about the fact that at age 15 (their age) it doesn't get any better.  They have their whole lives ahead of them, waiting for the choices and the decisions that they are going to make.  Of course, they spend a lot of their time wishing they were older: old enough to drive, to go to college, to buy beer legally.  

This song has been running through my head for the last few days.  A student from last year is going through some pretty serious chemo treatments for an aggressive cancer.  The Mr. lost  a friend from childhood, a coaching buddy, to pneumonia at the end of last week; and his 92 year old aunt is dying. 

A hundred years.  Most of us won't see that age, but even if we did-- it would never be enough.  It is hard to imagine anything better than what we have right now-- blue skies, a change of seasons, a full moon, a cool breeze, a hand to hold, a baby to cuddle, an old friend to hug.  

"There's never a wish better than this, when you've only got a hundred years to live." 

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