Monday, March 21, 2011

It seldom turns out the way it does in the song...

Well I ain't often right but I've never been wrong
It seldom turns out the way it does in the song
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right

Probably my favorite lines from any song ever recorded. They really stuck with me at a point in my life when I needed all the help I could get. I've just recently listened again to the precise show that these words really jumped out to me, and it took me back about 10 years when I was going through a rather rough time. (This is Scarlett Begonias from The Grateful Dead if you hadn't guessed by now). I was going through some profoundly tough times, and I sought solace in listening to Grateful Dead shows. It was the music and poetry of Jerry Garcia that had a big hand in showing me the way through those times.

I'm going through different times now, not like back then, but a different set of life challenges. I have a job that has evolved into a full time travel position, 2 great kids, that i "share" with my ex wife, a year old nugget that is love of my life, and a wonderful wife, that just so happens to be expecting in October. Oh yeah, and the whole vegan thing has had its share of challenges. Its a different struggle now, but one I'm still looking to Jerry again to help me through.

I am happy that I am encountering so many great people (who happen to be vegans). So many of them seem to be getting by, and living life with ease. I could not be happier for them... For me? Well I'll just listen to those old shows I have when I start to wonder where I can find the energy to keep it all together.


  1. You are an encouragement to me... and I am a newbie or should I say "baby" vegan. With everything going on in your life right now, yes I can see why there are struggles. If it helps, just know that I am rooting for you! What usually works for me, is to find some small time once a week for "self care". That's when I self reflect and try to prepare myself for the upcoming week or for challenges that I face. Totally different situation I know but hopefully there will be something there that can help you along the way.

  2. Hey, congrats on the the nugget! You've got a lot going on, Brian. Hang in there!

  3. My all time favorite Dead tune :) Hang in there-you certainly seem to be keeping it together but for those times when it feels like you aren't I am sure Jerry will be there see you through!

  4. Congrats on the newest little one..
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  5. Thanks for the replies. I see you noticed that little "announcement" I tossed in there. Didn't mean to put that in under an otherwise gloomy post. Good news indeed. I'll try to focus on what is important in life. I think it was "Lee" who reminded me. "No one on their deathbed ever wished they spent more time at work". So true. It is on that note that I am sitting on my porch in 75 degree weather taking the remainder of my day off :)