What is This Whole "Forward Motion" Thing About Anyway?

I figured now that I’ve had this blog set up for about a week now, it was time to explore this idea of forward motion that I’ve decided to title my blog after.

Originally my idea was to provide commentary on my last semester in college as I prepare to graduate and move into the “real world”. And maybe I’ll still do something along those lines. I just don’t want this to become a place where I just rant about my life because a) there’s really no reason for me to do so and b) even if there was, nobody wants to hear/read that.

However – as I was thinking about how this is my last semester, I realized that I’m stuck in this time of transition. I had an incredible experience working in Washington DC this summer and it got me super excited about all the possibilities after graduation. Truth be told, I didn’t want to come back to school. But here I am. I have this deep desire to move forward but it seems like academic responsibilities are holding me back for the time being. Through all of that I was reminded of a song by Relient K entitled Forward Motion:

I’ve been banging my head against the wall

For so long it seems I knocked it down

Yeah it got knocked down

And the heating bill went through the roof

And the wall I knocked down was the proof

That my landlord needed to kick me out

I got evicted now I’m living on the street

My spirits lifted, oh wait, that wasn’t me

Too many turns have turned out to be wrong

This time I learned that, I knew it all along

When car crashes occur

Then I’ll be what you were

When I see what I should

When I see that it’s good, that it’s good

To experience the bittersweet

To taste defeat then brush my teeth

Experience the bittersweet

To taste defeat then brush my teeth

‘Cause I struggle with forward motion

I struggle with forward motion

We all struggle with forward motion

‘Cause forward motion is harder than it sounds

Well every time I gain some ground

I gotta turn myself around again

It’s harder than it sounds

Well every time I gain some ground

I gotta turn myself around again

I’ve been banging my head against the wall

For so long it seems I got knocked out

Yeah, I got knocked out cold

And the medical bills went through the roof

And the scar on my head is the proof

That I’ll still remember this when I get old

I got evicted now I’m living on the street

My spirits lifted, oh wait, that wasn’t me

Too many turns have turned out to be wrong

This time I learned that, I knew it all along

When I grasp the concept

Then I’ll sleep where you slept

When I know I need help

When I allow myself, allow myself

To experience the bittersweet

To taste defeat and brush your teeth

Experience the bittersweet

To taste defeat and brush your teeth

‘Cause I struggle with forward motion

I struggle with forward motion

We all struggle with forward motion

‘Cause forward motion is harder than it sounds

Well every time I gain some ground

I gotta turn myself around again

It’s harder than it sounds

Well every time I gain some ground

I gotta turn myself around

‘Cause I struggle with forward motion

‘Cause I struggle with forward motion

We all struggle with forward motion

I think this song speaks to a truth in all of us. There’s a place between the comfort of the present and the hope of future that is terrifying, uncomfortable, and a little bit awkward. But that’s the place we have to go through to move from one day to the next. That’s the place where forward motion is found. It’s no wonder we all struggle with it.

For the time being, my purpose for this blog (aside from completing all the wonderful assignments for this class) is to explore the journey of forward motion in my own life and in the lives of those around me who struggle with it as well. Feel free to join me!

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One Response to What is This Whole "Forward Motion" Thing About Anyway?

  1. Sarah says:

    Sooo, I just wanted to say that I TOO struggle with Forward Motion and JUST happen to be a huge fan of Relient K….just saying!
    So excellent blog title, and I think your blog theme also really reflects the Relient K vibe, well done!
    :]

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