I was listening to the Absolute 80s radio station on the walk from work to the train station this afternoon when on came “Everybody wants to rule the world” by Tears for Fears.
I’ve heard it a hundred times, or more, but today for some reason I listened closely to the lyrics. I’m not usually one for looking for deep meanings from songs, but………
I’m not sure if this is what Chris Hughes, Ian Stanley and Roland Orzabal intended when they penned this song, but this is how I interpreted it today – I suppose that’s my prerogative.
To me, the “world” that everyone wants to rule is the place within which we live, and “rule” is about being in control of that. Isn’t that what we sometimes yearn for? When the washing machine breaks down, the train home is delayed, the workload is overwhelming, and the rain pours down when you have forgotten to bring a coat – events appear to swamp us.
Let’s get this straight: life is tough. No getting away from it.
No matter how hard we try, how much effort we put in, how meticulous we plan, not everything goes the way we expect or want.
How we react to those knockbacks determines, to some extent, how much of our world we rule.
So, “welcome to your life, there’s no turning back” and “make the most of freedom and of pleasure, nothing ever lasts forever.”
By all means continue looking for your role on this planet, that sense of purpose, but remember you don’t have to make that journey on your own. Either ask for, or offer, help when it’s needed. “Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down. When they do, I’ll be right behind you.”
I’d consider defining what’s important to you, who’s going reside inside your world to help you rule it, and how you are going to reach the goals you set.
You only get one crack at life – live in it.