Spring! A time to bloom!

It's Spring in Nashville! 

My garden is full of iris blooms. Yellow, lilac, deep purple, red and white. And my favourite - a purple tongue white iris. 

Now in full bloom, these iris flowers are in the prime of their life. Their glory is on display and I love looking at their intricate designs - with their soft petals and inner parts that are so fragile and delicate. 

These irises remind me of something. That like their beautiful flowers I've only got so much time too. 

I'm blessed to be fully engaged in creative life in Nashville. Everyday filled with writing and creativity and making music. And I'm having lots of fun. 

Yeah there are always things I what that I haven't got. I'm as aspirational as the next gal. And learning to live with less is an art I'm trying to perfect. 

But here's the thing.

Lately there have been a few people passing here in Nashville. I don't know about you but it's at these times that I reflect more on what life is all about. 

First there was a young guy in my neighbourhood of East Nashville in his 20s. I won't mention his name and there's no need to.  I didn't know him but according to the local newspaper story about his passing this young guy was a happening guy, a big supporter of young indie bands and artists helping them get attention. Here was someone bursting with life and plans. 

The next guy on my radar to pass was a bit older, in his late 30s. He was a guy who spent a lot of his time working around music row. Doing the business. Big dreams and big plans. He apparently had a heart attack and boom. 

And just last week legendary country singer George Jones, with one of the finest singing voices in the history of country music passes at age 81. George left a legacy of beloved old tunes and vids which somehow tricks me into believing he's still here alive. 

Now I'm starting to think of my own mortality. 

What am I here for?  What am I doing with my life?  

And I remember the Mahatma Ghandi quote "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever". 

I do like that quote. It's like a note to self to wake up and smell the roses - and look at the irises while I'm at it ;)  

Maybe Ghandi's quote is where songwriters Wiseman and Nichols got the idea for the song 'Live Like You Were Dying' which became a huge hit for Tim McGraw. 

Live Like You Were Dying. 
words and music written by Wiseman and Nichols.

He said: "I was in my early forties,
"With a lot of life before me,
"An' a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
"I spent most of the next days,
"Looking at the x-rays,
"An' talking 'bout the options an' talkin’ ‘bout sweet time."
I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the real end?
How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?
Man whatcha do?

An' he said: "I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
"And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
"And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'." 

He said "I was finally the husband,
"That most the time I wasn’t.
"An' I became a friend a friend would like to have.
"And all of a sudden goin' fishin’,
"Wasn’t such an imposition,
"And I went three times that year I lost my Dad.
"Well, I finally read the Good Book,
"And I took a good long hard look,
"At what I'd do if I could do it all again,

"And then: 

An' he said: "I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
"And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
"And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'."  

Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you got eternity,
To think about what you’d do with it.
An' what did you do with it?
An' what can I do with it?
An' what would I do with it? 

"Sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
"And then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
"And I watched Blue Eagle as it was flyin'."
An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'." 
"To live like you were dyin'."
"To live like you were dyin'."
"To live like you were dyin'."
"To live like you were dyin'." 

So that's the plan.
That's what I'm gonna do today. Give more, love more, do more good stuff.

Cos I only really have this day to live. 

It's springtime in Nashville
and these iris flowers won't be here soon
so while I've got today 
I'm gonna live a lot
gonna love a lot 
cos its time 
Time for me to bloom.