What caught my attention in the 'Guts over fear' lyrics was that he's asking lots of meaning questions, as he often does, but questioning himself as to whether he was just saying the same thing over and over (now that resonated big time with me).
I've always felt like I had something to say. My mother used to say 'you just like to hear the sound of your own voice'. Well I'm a performer, so often I would just practice different sounds to see what I liked... so, I guess mum was spot on! These days however I'm asking similar questions to Shady. That is, 'am I repeating myself?' and if I am is my daily mantra [hopefully in variously entertaining formats] worth stating?
I think so
It's about process [1. noticing that you are processing, 'self talk' and then, 2. what you are 'allowed' to process out loud without it destroying your experience of life, or someone else's?]
Now I don't care if you like me or 'Slim Shady', maybe that's something me and Slim might have in common [but even though I don't care specifically about your opinion, I'm bemused sometimes, as it seems Slim is, that people get so upset when you share bits of your process, even if you are not having a go at them specifically]. I guess one reason why Slim is so popular [love or hate the content of what he's stating] is that he's sharing process that few people are brave enough to voice. Everyone I have ever spoken to privately and professionally is willing to admit to the fact they have thoughts and feelings they are not willing to share publicly, so when someone like Slim says things that you may have thought, but never admitted to, it triggers a certain 'oh crap what if someone realises I've had that thought too!?' I'll then cop the same vitriol that Slim gets... and I'm not saying I agree with all his content, but I applaud his willingness to process stuff that often is just accepted as 'just the way it is', or stuff your not allowed to process. So feel free to rip into me about my content, I'll reply if I believe you are seriously interested in the process. If you just want to slam my difference from yours, I'll just let you believe we are different enough to not have enough in common to enjoy sharing the process. I don't believe that, but if you do it's unlikely that we'd have much fun.
When my mother stated her observation that I 'just like the sound of my own voice', she did me a huge favour. At first I was a little offended at her sharing her process, 'cause clearly what she was saying was 'please shut the hell up, I've heard enough for one day'. What I realised, however, was that, yeah I do like the sound of my voice, not 'cause I think it sounds better than someone else's or that I've got something super special to say, but that I like to make sounds for the fun of it, and I also really enjoy sharing my process, and yes really enjoy hearing yours; so please join in - let's harmonise, 'chew the cud' together. We might feel closer, and even if we don't agree might enjoy the process, learn something, or at a minimum appreciate our differences...
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