Monday, March 23, 2009

Being true, even when it's hard

I've realised that the hardest thing in my life is to be true to me. What is that? being true to oneself? Is it doing what one loves to do the most? Is it about letting only a select few in and keeping others at bay?

I think, I'm not totally certain, but I think this means doing what is best for me whilst not hurting others in the process. Sometimes we have to tell others how we feel even when we know the outcome will change things, maybe for good. But we must do it, how else can we improve ourselves. Not everyone we meet deserves a spot in our lives and sometimes we face the same test over and over till we get it right. 

All my life, I've done what I thought was the right thing, what others expected of me, or even worse, what I thought would make others like me. I fooled myself into thinking it was the right thing to do. 

All my life I felt a fool when the outcome went awry. All my life, I've been waiting for this moment to be free. I hope to live in this moment for the rest of my life.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friends are really the salt of the earth

I read it somewhere that Mother Teresa once said that the worst sickness in the world is lonliness. I believe that to be true. More than anything in this world, I believe that to be true.

No matter what comes our way, we can almost weather any storm, once we have family and friends around us to show us support. 

There are times when we need to be alone, but having a friend who truly gets you, is a gift.

Thank God for true friends.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Life chooses us, but we decide what to do next

There's certain things in life that we just have a knack with. Certain talents, gifts; call it what you want. Sometimes it just comes easily, other times we work hard at it. Whatever the reason,  life finds us wanting to progress to great heights, with these gifts in the forms of dreams and passion. 

We always have a choice, we can pursue this path, or we can ignore it, we can call it a waste and we can let it slip away, whatever we don't use is taken away and given to someone else.

The trap is pursuing money instead of this gift, the rules are bent when we have to pay rent, just to live on earth (thanks to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones for that line). We throw away what was handed to us, with no strings attached, the only condition that we make the best use of it without abuse.

It's time we threw off the scales from our eyes, and do what we're good at, pursue our dreams, because it was never about the money to begin with.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

The only thing is music

Well, it's been a week since Silver Stars Steel Orchestra won Panorama. I'm still in a state of shock...we really did it? we beat the big shots? an unsponsored steel pan side, beat the 'creme De la creme?' How is this possible?

Looking back on it, we had people from all over the world, we had a few blokes from St. Croix, four Japanese and six Americans. All learnt pan in their own different way, and yet, as an orchestra we clicked. It wasn't easy, and many a time I thought we weren't ready, but we pulled it off. Across language and cultural barriers we were able to create a sonic masterpiece.

The only thing that can cross all frontiers is music

well a few thoughts on a sunday nite

I've come to the conclusion that having returned home to Trinidad to live, that here is still and always will be a paradise. That nothing will beat a Caribbean sunset, or a great beach lime.

 Nonetheless, I am also convinced that it's the people that are destroying this place, with our total disregard for law and order. We all say that this is a beautiful country, but so many of us throw litter out our window. I am no saint. But we all make our environment, and we all can change it.
We've only got one world, and right now...we can all do much better than the way we treat her sometimes.