Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life


For once in my life, I have someone who needs me. I dedicate this one to my new cat.

Let’s take it back to 1968. Nothing like some Stevie Wonder to brighten your day and keep the blues at bay. This is one of my favorite songs of all time: a happy-go-lucky-can’t-help-but-smiling-yes-I-am-strutting–on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street-feeling-overwhelmed-with-inexplicable-joy-kinda-track. (hyperbolize!!).

There’s a whole lotta heart in this song. If I was a doctor, I would prescribe Stevie Wonder for everything. For real though. He’s got a certain sincerity that’s especially conducive to healing.

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore.”

Sometimes you reach a point where you’ve had enough— AND NOTHING CAN BRING YOU DOWN. You’ve already hit rock bottom, and man, you’ve survived the depths. Dark as it can get sometimes, you always manage to resurface… and keep on keepin’ on. You wake up to the reality that your experience is indeed what you want it to be. Fearlessly undertaking the unknown, in pursuit of some higher truth for the love of humanity: this is what it’s all about, man.

No matter how much shit hits the fan, you’ll be fine. Enough is enough, and regardless of the way things progress,you’re learning. Letting go. With each obstacle comes a new one to learn from. Embrace these trials and tribulations; how unique they are to the human experience.

There will be times when the going gets rough and by default you spiral into an emotional whirlpool, or lack thereof (e.g., numbness).  Then, as your expectations disintegrate over time, you may find that shit miraculously starts to fall into place. Abandoning the pursuit does wonders for miracles…

For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I’ll be strong.”

 Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life