Sunday, August 26, 2012

Snapshot & A Song #4 - Anywhere I'm Going

santa rosa sunset

Thought I was alive only when it hurt
And it took that ride to the edge of the earth
I thought I was strong, I thought I was tough
I took just a little and I called it enough.

I could stand here and complain
Or make a path of the pain

Edwin McCain - Anywhere I'm Going

I have definitely been going anywhere and everywhere this week, starting with a trip to Destin, Florida for a work related conference. It was a nice trip and I managed to make time for a little photography while there, but other than one morning beach walk before the conference started, I didn't really take that much advantage of the opportunities available for greater enjoyment of the local that were available.

Part of it was simply due to the conference schedule. Sessions started early, and evening activities went late, so all I really wanted to do in the off time was take a nap.

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And the other part was just that I just didn't really feel like venturing out on my own in such a romantic location. As the waves swept along the shoreline, so did waves of sadness and grief touch upon the edges of my heartache. Sometimes I get weary of trying to hold on to faith that this is just normal for the circumstances and it will get better in time. I'm starting to get a little impatient with it.

The reading material I brought along also probably primed the pump for these feelings to surface as well. I checked out Carry Yourself Back to Me from the Amazon lending library several months ago, and even though the story was actually quite engaging, I kept forgetting to go back to it. But, it made perfect airport/airplane reading and by the time the plane touched down in Nashville, I'd finished it up.

The story line, set in Florida by the way, was about a singer/songwriter dealing with the sudden departure of her long term boyfriend and that event coinciding with other deeply personal losses and crisis which, of course, she had to handle alone on top of her grief. Without giving the whole story away, I will say that the ending was a happy one and it did NOT involve reuniting with the one who had abandoned her.


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Keeping the faith that things are as they should be and that there is a happier ending in store at the end of this path I'm building from the pain is what gets me through each day and the day after that, and the day after that.

I chose today's song because of the theme of growth through pain, written from the perspective of someone in the middle of the darkest parts. It is always darkest before the dawn correct? And, it also corresponds to this desire I have to find some meaning behind all this, what lessons I was to learn, and how it all fits together for the greater good to come.

Plus, I thought I was erring a little heavily on the side of estrogen, and thought we needed to infuse a bit of testosterone into the lineup. Edwin McCain is one of my favorite singer songwriters and I have so many special memories of seeing him live with my sons and on the Cayamo Cruise, too. I'm quite excited he will be on the boat this year as well.

There is another reason Edwin has been on my mind lately, but I'm not ready to reveal that just yet. But, I will eventually.


Anywhere I'm Going is from Edwin's latest release, Mercy Bound, and I chose it not only because of the theme of growth through pain, but also because of the rather odd synchronicities that seem to be daily occurances in my life these days.

In fact, I'm a little late getting this post out today because I am fairly well exhausted, not just because of the trip, but I had an especially full Saturday that had me leaving the house at 9:30 a.m. and not returning until 11:00 p.m.

The activities of Saturday all relate in some way to where I'm going and where I've been and was chock full of those odd synchronicities I mentioned. There was so much packed into this day that I couldn't possibly squeeze it all into one post and do it justice so I will review the different happenings in separate posts throughout the week.

For now, I'll leave you with these lyrics and call it a night.


"Anywhere I'm Going"


I could be right or I could be real
I could be burned or just tempered steel
I followed my pride right into the rain
But I couldn't outrun the blood in my veins

'Cause every tear I've ever known
Turned out to be a stepping stone

Anywhere I'm going takes everywhere I've been
I've done a lot of living, I wouldn't care to do again
I wouldn't change a mile I swear of the road that'll get me there
Anywhere I'm going

Thought I was alive only when it hurt
And it took that ride to the edge of the earth
I thought I was strong, I thought I was tough
I took just a little and I called it enough

I could stand here and complain
Or make a path of the pain

Anywhere I'm going takes everywhere I've been
I've done a lot of living, I wouldn't care to do again
I wouldn't change a mile I swear of the road that'll get me there
Anywhere I'm going

Anywhere I'm going takes everywhere I've been
I've done a lot of living, I wouldn't care to do again
I wouldn't change a mile I swear of the road that'll get me there
Anywhere I'm going, anywhere I'm going



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4 comments:

  1. what gorgeous shots and deep, meaningful words...both yours and Edwin's! Good night LeAnne...

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  2. Your photos are stunning!
    I had to laugh at Janet's submission!

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  3. Just beautiful LeAnne. Your photos are amazing as well as the song.

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  4. Oh Leanne- This is a heartfelt post... and I am sorry I missed it. Your creative expression and songs are gorgeous and so meaningful. I am hiding a bit from the blogging world... kind of like you avoiding the romantic beach. I just cannot face being chipper on my photo blog. But I have a second blog... my writing blog...that is where I have been lately. Creativity thrives in all kinds of conditions. Stay well. Peace- teri

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