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02. Education

Departures
by Jon Foreman



 

Hereís an education that you canít pay for:
How to get up again and try
Hereís an education that you canít pay for:
How to look me in the eye
Hereís an education that you canít pay for:
How to get back in the fight
Hereís an education that you canít pay for:
How to say goodbye

If you havenít figured by now
I guess the pain is gonna show you how
It goes on and on and on

You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself and you come undone
When you love someone
And you love someone

Most things worth doing in this life
Are going to kill you in the end
Most things worth doing in this life
Are going to kill you in the end
And the things worth fighting for
Are the things that you canít defend
Most things worth doing in this life
Are going to kill me in the end

If you havenít learned that lesson yet
The scars are teachers that youíre never gonna forget
It goes on and on and on

You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself and you come undone
When you love someone and you love someone

Every breath is a contradiction
Breathe it in
Breathe it in
Oxygen the tide of life and breath and death
You Breathe it in
You Breathe it in

You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself when you love someone
You lose yourself and you come undone
When you love someone and you love someone




Behind the Song:
Self sacrificial love is to lay down your life for the ones that mean the most to you. This often is portrayed as a desperate heroic act near the end of the film. But outside of Hollywood, it looks far less glamorous. Changing diapers, packing lunches, taking a deep breath and responding with kindness- you lose yourself when you love someone. And yet, this loss is truly what we were made for. What deep irony to lose yourself to find yourself? It's a give and take. Like breathing: absolutely necessary for life, and yet every breath you take brings you one breath close to the grave. We give and take twenty thousand breaths a day. Give and take, give and take. And yet, the grandest moment of the film is not an act of selfish gratification, but a moment where the very life-dream of our protagonist is laid down for the love of the other. And maybe it's the same with us. The lessons that have stuck with me in this life have been the ones that have cost me. Pain. Time. Loss. These are the teachers that even a stubborn soul like myself has to listen to. 'Find what you love and let it kill you.' It's a quote that is often falsely attributed to Bukowski. I kinda don't care who said it first, it seems to be the only worthwhile way to die. And thus, maybe the only worthwhile way to live. -jon

 

 

 

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