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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Taylor Swift

"People haven't always been there for me but music always has."

American Musician
1989 -

I would wager that most people reading this quote would agree with the first half.  Rarely do we receive unconditional love from people, even our parents.  Usually there are strings attached.  And sometimes huge ropes.  If we don't live up to people's expectations, they reject us or kick us out.  For some of us all we have is our art.  Even in the most difficult of times, we have our music, our art, our writing, our acting.

This message was driven home to me a number of years ago when my wife and I interviewed over 100 people who were grieving over the death of a pet.  Often these people spoke of the unconditional love they received from their pet.  They would say even when they were having a bad day, the pet would be there for them.  This is not something they received from the people in their lives.  We published our interviews in our book, It's Okay To Cry, that can be found on Amazon.

I think the challenge we all face is to love the people in our lives unconditionally not matter how they treat us.  Love your children unconditionally.  Love your significant other unconditionally.  Love your parents unconditionally.  And most of all, love yourself unconditionally.

Here is Taylor Swift singing Fearless.  Enjoy.

(Quote Source:  Goodreads.com)