Monday, July 1, 2013

Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten"

I love the song "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. It's all about how you have your whole future ahead of you, and you can make it whatever you want it to be.  "I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned." There's no crystal ball or fortune teller to tell you how your life is going to pan out. And it's not just that there's no blue-print or to-do list for your life. The song is also about making your own destiny and deciding what your future is going to be for yourself. You write the story!

I also like the message that the song has about how to go about living your life. Because there is no set track, you have to be open to new experiences, and let those experiences show you the way. Lines like "Release your inhibitions" and "Live your life with arms wide open" remind the listener not to be closed-minded and rigid. If you live like that, you're going to miss out! Now, I will admit that I need to take a dose of my own medicine right now. I am a planner, practically OCD about it, and if I could plan out the rest of my life, I eagerly would. But it's good that life doesn't work like that. It keeps things interesting and exciting!

You only have one life to live, and only you can experience it. Yes, you can live vicariously through your friends (ahem...I'm looking at all of my friends who travel abroad while I sit safely in my bedroom), but no one can live your life for you! No one can tell you what to do, what to say, where to go, etc. It's all on you! That's what this stanza is about:

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

So get out there! Write your destiny! Start the next chapter of the story of your life!

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