Tuesday, August 2, 2011

If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die.

I get asked what the banner part of my tattoo means at least a couple of times a week. I typically just take the easy way out and say, "it's a song lyric." And it is (from the Avett Brothers,' January Wedding). But, here you go, the real reason, for any of you who are interested: "Cause it's simple" is this poster. It's about making A decision. It's about figuring out what is most genuinely important to you and choosing that above all else. It's about moving home. It's about trusting yourself. It's about just doing something. It's about recognizing the terrible beauty. It's about understanding that life is not a conspiracy against you; It's about getting over yourself. It's about surrounding yourself both with the people you love most and with those things that inspire you.

In previous posts, I have mentioned (or at least implied) my hatred of inspirational one-liners, of the "oh, it will all be fine" stuff that is so often inappropriately offered without request, of the empty mantras that ignite emotional response. For those who know me well, you understand that I'm frustratingly skeptical of "order" or "how things should be" or "reasons things happen." Thus, I know some will think I am teetering on hypocrisy here. I simply find so much more substance in these poster sentences than I do in most "life reminders" advertising. (While acknowledging that a few border on kitschy).

My favorites:
*If you don't like something, change it.
*If you don't have enough time, stop watching t.v.
*If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
*Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
*Go out and start creating.

Songs on my mind this morning:

I include this not because I'm trying to tie in some "it's gonna be a good life" connection, but because I like the video, the sound of the "when you're happy like a fool" part, and because it looks like the Santa Monica pier at the one minute mark or so. I have a lot of memories, including meeting J.J. from Good Times, on the Santa Monica pier.

Because I think Adam Levine is hot. And I like this song.

This is one of the Avett Brothers' new songs. I really believe they are some of the best songwriters of our generation.


  1. Absolutely perfect response:) Kudos, Mr. Guffey...aka, person I have to thank for ever seeing this picture.

  2. I really think this is my favorite post from you Liza. Love the music selections all, listened to them several times

  3. Thank you, Aunt Carolyn:) Billy had posted this on his Facebook page and I immediately knew I wanted to use it on here. I'm really happy you liked the post and the songs:). I appreciate you reading.

  4. right band, wrong song. its from "The Once And Future Carpenter"

    1. Hi, Adam. I know the title is, but the tattoo part is in reference to a line from January Wedding.