To Scare Away the DarkI was in the car running errands on the way to Toastmasters the other day when a song I had never heard before came on the radio. It was an odd blend of ironic, bittersweet and inspirational all at the same time which was really kind of weird. But the song really hit home for me, and I thought it was something that you, my readers, might also enjoy so I thought I’d share it with you in today’s post. The song is by Michael David Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, and it’s called Scare Away the Dark.

I think the message contained in the lyrics of this song is really important, and it ties in so well with a lot of the things I talk about here on Vibe Shifting. To me, it’s about reminding ourselves of what’s really important in life. It’s about remembering that computers and smart phones aren’t a replacement for real human interaction. It’s about remembering that we are the ones who decide what is important to us and not letting other people dictate what our paths should be. It’s about remembering that it’s vital to slow down once and a while and just be human beings rather than humans doing. It’s about remembering that the only way to scare away the dark and the fear is by using the light that is found within us all.

We wish our weekdays away
Spend our weekends in bed
Drink ourselves stupid
And work ourselves dead
And all just because that’s what
Mom and Dad said we should do

We should run through the forest
We should swim in the streams
We should laugh, we should cry,
We should love, we should dream
We should stare at the stars and not just at screens
You should hear what I’m saying and know what it means

So sing, sing at the top at your voice
Love without fear in your heart.
Can you feel, feel like you still have a choice?
If we all light up we can scare away the dark…

~from Passenger’s Scare Away the Dark

I think the reason I like this song so much is because there are so many people out there (yes, me included) who, far too often, let fear dictate the course of their lives. But what inevitably happens when we do that is that one day we wake up wondering what the hell happened to our lives. Regret. Jadedness. Bitterness. Defeat. A life half-lived, stuck in endless self-recrimination and what-might-have-been.

And that’s no good. For anyone.

Far better to find a way of moving past the fear and take that risk of becoming all that we can. Because, no matter how old we are, we do still have that choice. Maybe not in the same way that we’d planned when we were younger, but as C.S. Lewis said, it’s never too late to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. And when we make that choice, that is when we allow ourselves to shine once again, the way we’ve always been meant to. So light yourself up… and together let’s scare away the dark.

photo credit: geralt via pixabay cc
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