Thursday, 19 January 2012

Times Like These

“It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again”
Times like these – Foo Fighters
If I met Dave Grohl, I would probably scream and jump up and down and point, and most likely scare him away.  Dave Grohl is the man. He has it so sweet. He’s on stage, rocking out with an amazing band to an animated crowd, his face alternating between his sweet smile and hard rock look. Dave Grohl loves what he does, and Dave Grohl loves music.
But nearly two decades ago, Dave Grohl was a drummer in one of the most famous, most controversial, most remembered rock bands ever. According to music history, Dave Grohl was not treated the best by Kurt Cobain, the somewhat infamous lead singer of Nirvana. When Kurt Cobain committed suicide and Nirvana ultimately ended, Dave Grohl had a few choices. He could have taken Cobain’s suicide as an early exit from the music industry. He could have gone away, from what must have been a difficult and confusing time for the whole band, and we would never have seen or heard from him again.
But he didn’t. He learned to live, to give and to love again, through his music. And thank goodness he did, because we could have missed out on one of the best rock bands of our time.
When times go wrong, it is so easy to curl up in a ball and shut the world out. Whether it is a death, a break up, a disappointment, or the world suddenly seems too hard, the easiest option is to go into retreat. But there comes a time when we have to get up and face the world again. It’s hard at first. But once we’ve got up a little, it’s easier to keep getting up and carrying on.
Dave Grohl is right in saying we learn something every time we fall down. It may not be straight away. It may be something which seems insignificant at first, but if we hold on to that thought, it will help us next time we fall down. After all, its times like these you learn to live, to give, and to love, again and again.

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