WHY DO I RIDE? (Careful, this may be deep) This digs deep into the lyrics, song titles and meaning behind the playlist I recently created for a class at Urban BODY Fusion.   Why do you Ride? 

ADRENALINE: Isn’t Life Such a Thrill

"BECAUSE…. In Life, we all face obstacles both big and small, but it can seem impossible to master them all. We strive for “Some Happy Nights”, but our “Demons” come out and challenge us to these fights. We are faced with a challenge from within. “Survival” mode activates and we let the fight begin. It may seem we are chasing “A Light That Never Comes”, as these days fly by and bring us “Closer To The Edge”. We “Hold On” and brace the constant “Chop and Change”, for this “Summertime Sadness” just adds power to the already digging dredge. Life is but a “Beautiful War” and if we “Slow It Down” enough to notice, we’re merely rising like “The Phoenix” through each day full of all kinds of critics. We awaken each day, ready and armed for our fight searching for something from within.... maybe it's the Light. We are Alive, and I say, It’s “Time To Get Ill”, after all, Isn’t Life Such a Thrill." – Dana Urban

Time To Get Ill Beastie Boys
Escape 30 Seconds To Mars
Beautiful War Kings Of Leon
Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey 
Demons Imagine Dragons
Some Happy Nights (Fun. vs. C2C) Mighty Mike
Closer To The Edge 30 Seconds To Mars
Hold On Alabama Shakes
Chop And Change (Soundtrack Version) The Black Keys
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) Fall Out Boy
Survival Muse
Adrenaline Shinedown
The Phoenix Fall Out Boy
Slow It Down Goo Goo 

We Ride to "ESCAPE", we ride to feel ALIVE, we ride so that we may continue to THRIVE!  We Ride to Listen and we Ride to Feel, but sometimes we ride with hopes that our minds will just be still!
The loss of a loved one, young or old, is still a great loss.  We all deal with loss in our own individual ways.  Some cry, some laugh, and some may even get angry, but we all must find a way to deal and a way to help us heal.

New posts, material and motivation have been delayed on Fusion this week, due to a great loss in my family.  Whether young or old, expected or not, I am still finding it hard to deal with the pain that comes with missing such a great influence in my life.  I have spent several days with family members crying, laughing and reminiscing.  We are all coping with the loss individually, but together as a family as well.

I have come to realize now, as the dust is starting to settle, that this great loss has not only brought our family closer together, but has awakened my spirit.  My Grandfather of 81 years old lived a long and prosperous life.  He was kind, caring and loved by many.  He has left a legacy behind that is our family and we will strive to make him proud.

I believe a loss of a loved one brings about a lot of pain, but can also be a great gain.  There is an opportunity to awaken the spirit within you to be a better person, to thrive.  We are prompted with loss to express our gratitude for the privilege of knowing such a great human being, acknowledging many traits he may have left behind in us.  Celebrating their life also gives us the chance to spend time with many loved ones and share our laughs, pains and promises.  I am truly thankful for my Grandfather and find his life and his death a true blessing to our family.  

If you are experiencing loss, take a moment from the grief and the pain to acknowledge the beauty.  Yes, we must grieve, as it is a necessary process in life, but we must also be thankful for the gift we were given with their life.

I will miss my Grandaddy more than words will ever express, but I know in my heart that it was his time and that we will meet again. His legend will live on in our family, and we will continue to grow in strength and spirit for knowing such an awesome man.  Rest in Peace Grandaddy and may your spirit live strong within me.

Amazing Grace - Jeff Beck


To Big Daddy From Strawface

July 29, 1929 - April 21, 2011

I remember your smile, and the look on your handsome face; 
The strength in your hug, and the warmth from your embrace;

Your wise cracks so keen, and your legs so lean;
A head full of hair, so full and white, it seemed to sparkle even more in the light;

The sound of your loud voice, so big and strong;
Your nighttime prayers so very, very long;

A caring and kind heart you did have, which has made our loss so very sad;
You loved your family with all your heart, and that love can never be torn apart;

That twinkle in your eye was like a star in the sky, 
and now you will share it with the by and by;

You always gave all you could give, and worked to teach us a respectful way to live;

We are truly grateful for your life, and so is your lovely wife;
With respect and love, you were always true, and without you, she will always be a little blue, but we will love and cherish her through and through;

This is not goodbye, as I believe we will meet again;
You're walking with God now and that will never end;

Your life and your death will make me a better person as I try to live with dignity and grace - and I can't wait to once again, see that smile on your face.  
I love you Grandaddy!

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