My Choice, My Voice

There’s a great song by Pam Rose called “My Life”. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times. This song has motivated me and kept me grounded throughout my career. It’s great to listen to after a long day or just to get your mind back in line with the bigger purpose of your life. But the message of this song couldn’t be any clearer.

It’s about having a purpose, having a vision, taking responsibility for your actions, and setting a course of your choice along your path. It’s about speaking up for yourself and owning up to your decisions.

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The opening verse sets the course…

I want to know
If I walk down a certain road, it was my choice
And I want to know
If I had something to say, I raised my voice

Choosing your own path is your choice. You must speak up for yourself and what you believe in.

I don’t wanna wake up a little too late
And say I could’ve done this or I should’ve done that
When I close my eyes at night
I wanna know I’m doing the best I can

This second verse reminds us to give our best effort each day in pursuit of an activity that gives us meaning in our lives. So many of our clients live life to their fullest potential each and every day. It’s very inspiring!

When I’m sittin’ there
In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would’ve done
Something good with my life

The third verse is all about retirement. When you look back on your life, did you do something good? Do you have any regrets today that you’d like to take care of? They say regrets weigh pounds and discipline weighs ounces. What changes should you consider today so when you are in your rocking-chair you’ll have no regrets?

At the end of the day, I can only pray
That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

This fourth verse is about living YOUR life. Not someone else’s. It’s about having faith and confidence in yourself and your decisions.

Don’t want to take my father’s father’s path
I gotta make my own
Don’t want my epitaph to read
“Wish they could’ve known me”
I don’t want that carved in stone

Setting your own path is most important. Pursuing what means the most to you. During Covid, it’s a great time to reflect on where you are headed and to live the most meaningful life you can.

I want to leave this place
With a smile on my face
Knowing what’s in my heart
Didn’t just stay in my heart
And whatever heaven gave me
I want to know I gave it all back

No explanation needed here. This reminds me of the Teddy Roosevelt speech “The Man in the Arena”. Don’t hold anything back. Give it all back.

Share this message with those who need a push. Maybe you know someone who lost a job, a loved one, or lost their business during these crazy times. This is an economic winter for many and we must remember to think spring during winter. It won’t always be this crazy in the world. This time is not different. Uncertainty is the paralyzing enemy we are facing and soon it will be much clearer. Simply have faith in the future and remain dedicated to your long-term plan.

Below are the rest of the lyrics…

When I’m sittin’ there
In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would’ve done
Something good with my life

At the end of the day, I can only pray
That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

When I’m sittin’ there
In my rocking chair, looking at my life
I hope to God I would’ve done
Something good with my life

At the end of the day, I can only pray
That I can look back and say
I lived my life, oh, I lived my life

Well, I want to be an open book
Say I gave more than I took
My life, I lived my life, I lived my life


Source: ReverbNation
Songwriters: Rose Randy Lawrence
My Life lyrics © Reservoir 416, Ole Media Management Lp Ii, Gerald O’brien Music Publishing, Broken Songs, Red Cape Songs Obo Ole Media Management Lp, Chrysalis One Tunes, Llc