I had a full and lovely day. I can't but feel overwhelmed.
In the morning, I had a blast doing a photo shoot for a new condo's promotional material. This I did with one of my closest friends, Bianca.
The afternoon was spent in a go see for a TVC. Bianca and I tagged along with my sister. We all tried out and had a good laugh about the long wait and the silly VTR task of having to say "Bakit ba?" in five different ways (happy, sad, scared, etc...).
In the evening, my sister and I headed straight to Araneta Coliseum to see LIfehouse. Undoubtedly one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. I was literally in tears at the end of it, especially since Broken was their last song.Pareissa in the meet and greet with Lifehouse
To top all that, Pareissa (another wonderful gal pal), my sister and I hung out at Alchemy, where Lifehouse spent their last night here in the Philippines to wind down. This was a good three hours of having them just meters away from me. Without wanting to sound cheesy, it was a good feeling to have them there in the exact same place, considering how their music has made such a huge impact on my life especially in the past few months. How I wanted to tell them that they have inspired me in ways unimaginable! I couldn't, of course, since I wanted to give them their privacy. It was enough for me to see them up close and to interact with them even if only in passing.
That's them behind me in the photo.
I'm listening to their bonus CD right now, which I purchased before the concert. It's a great way to end this memorable day.
Thank you, Lord, that I feel and finally see You healing my heart - that you use different ways and various people in the process.
Call me a fanatic but I actually feel like I can die happy after seeing Lifehouse perform right before my very eyes this Saturday. They will be at the Araneta Coliseum on July 26, 8 PM. The minute I head about this, I knew I just had to be there. And I will!
Here's one more band (aside from Switchfoot, another personal fave) whose songs have inspired me and helped me through some of the toughest times of my life. Music is a very powerful tool, I believe, and I think it's important that we listen to that which will uplift us and not pull us down. Lifehouse's music is strikingly real about the heartaches and struggles of life, but their message is always clear: JUST LOOK UP.
Broken is currently the anthem of my heart. May I share the lyrics with all who read this? Whatever you're going through, no matter how spent you feel, regardless of how many disappointments you've faced, just hang in there. There's SOMEONE who cares and who will see you through.
The broken clock is a comfort, it helps me sleep tonight Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time I am here still waiting though i still have my doubts I am damaged at best, like you've already figured out
I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing With a broken heart that's still beating In the pain there is healing In your name I find meaning So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on I'm barely holdin' on to you
The broken locks were a warning you got inside my head I tried my best to be guarded, I'm an open book instead I still see your reflection inside of my eyes That are looking for a purpose, they're still looking for life
I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing with a broken heart that's still beating In the pain there is healing In your name I find meaning So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on I'm barely holdin' on to you
I'm hangin' on another day Just to see what you will throw my way And I'm hanging on to the words you say You said that I will be ok
The broken lights on the freeway left me here alone I may have lost my way now, haven't forgotten my way home
At the start of this year, I knew big things would happen. Half the year has gone by and true enough, massive things have taken place not just in my life, but also in the lives of people around me. When 2008 began, I can distinctly remember a good friend of mine saying, "2008 is the year to end all years." He was so right on that! Most of my peers are going through the same thing I went through a couple of months back: we're all looking for something more, a bigger purpose for our existence, and we become restless with mediocrity.
When I took that leap by leaving my comfort zone at the start of this year, I had nothing to hold on to save for God's promise that we, His children, were meant for so much more. Switchfoot captures this sentiment so well in their song Burn Out Bright.
Does it have to start with a broken heart Broken dreams and bleeding parts We were young and world was clear But young ambition disappears
I swore it would never come to this The average, the obvious I'm still discontented down here I'm still discontented
If we've only got one try If we've only got one life If time was never on our side Then before I die I want to burn out bright
A spark ignites In time and space Limping through this human race You bite and claw your way back home But you're running the wrong way
The future is a question mark Of kerosene and electric sparks There's still fire in you yet Yeah there's still fire in you!
I keep cleaning up the mess I've made I won't run away I can't sleep in the bed I've made
I guess we just know we're made for eternity and we want to live like it. There's so much we can do in this life. We want to truly LIVE, and not merely exist.