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If you want to sing out! It’s the anthem of hope, optimism the one song we can sing to our children in a lullaby. But somewhere something happens. Do we forget to sing out?

It’s in the cult classic Harold and Maude we see the angst of youth meet the strength of age and wisdom. It’s what Harold learns from Maude that teaches him in order to survive it’s okay to escape pretensions and live your life to the fullest.

As we age do we lose that youthful optimism somewhere in adulthood or does it still in linger in us? How do you maintain your youthful spirit? Is there a song you return to for hope?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. There are songs which move me somewhere towards tears and always make me aware of the dlicacy and beauty of much in life. However you feel on a particular day, the river of life will always flow I think

  2. I have moments where optimism fails me, but by and large I believe the best may be just around the corner if we’re willing to just keep walking that direction. Sometimes, after witnessing/hearing about human cruelty, it takes me a few days to get my bearings again; I don’t think that involves music, although music takes me out of myself for a little while at a go. And it occurs to me I have very likely said little of use through this extreme morning grogginess, but perhaps you’ll be able to extract something meaningful from the above? 😉

    1. Chuckles! I find Tuesday morning grogginess for me is like a fog! It’s true regardless of the news or what life throws at use we need to keep walking down that path. Music is a great escape! I love it! Now if only I could belt out a song in tune…

  3. Actually my husband is going to take singing lessions. 🙂

    Since I have hit 50 yrs, I have had a few more parties at my home, now that the kids are not yanking at me. We had an impromtu party last night. Another party tonight. My husband said the partying is fun but it’s time to get back to work. I agree as the pile of mail is looking at me.

    I’m at an interesting point in my life looking at the next 15 years of working and family. Will my parents move out here? Where do I want to focus my energies at work? What do I want to do? Do I want to travel more? Will I be living in my same house in 3 years?

    I’ve been plugging along but laying back and not trying to get myself frustrated at work. I’m doing alot of reading, researching – doing homework for the next thing coming. I’m trying to smile and have fun at the present, because I see some work on the horizon.

    1. That sounds like fun! I wish I was brave enough to take singing lessons 🙂

      Can I come to one of your parties? They sounds like lots of fun and good food! I think life changes for us at different times and ages. We never know where that path might lead us. All of those questions are making me wonder where I will be in the next ten years…

  4. Youthful spirit? Youthful optimism? Hmmmm…

    Crazy as it may sound, I’m far younger now at 65 than I ever was at 16, or 25, or even 50. I’m wiser in the ways of the world, and I’ve taken some licks, but I worry less and speak more freely. What’s not to like?

  5. Songs, and their meaning to me, tend to evolve with time. Some disappear from importance, others come into play. xtrekki mentioned Que Sera… that song has chased me from a room, and not out of dislike. I’ve connected with a new language in Layla, found writing inspiration in the songs of Delerium (that has not a thing to do with lyrics) including Silence, sung by Sara McLachlan, found personal connection in the song Myth by Delerium, the closest I’ve ever heard to describing gender dysphoria (yet I’m quite sure that was not the intent of the lyricist.)

    There are times when I hear Beth Orton I wish to say ‘what she said.’ In general, I assemble music according to my needs at a particular time. When I am stumped, locked in place, music will help me find a way through.

    1. I love Layla! It’s one of my favorite songs! I also have a soft spot for Sarah McLachlan! But I’ve never really listened to Delerium…I will have to google them later 🙂

      I love music! I find opens the right door when I need it and gets me out of my mood 🙂

  6. I don’t think we lose our youthful optimism, it just gets harder to find inside, harder to justify under the perceived judgement of our friends and family, harder to explain in the face of growing responsibility. It’s not gone, though! When I run, when I sing with my kids, when I dance in the livingroom, when I do anything “just because”, I feel about 15 again. And singing WAY out loud to “Hey, Jude” helps, too 😀

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