(I know, you can’t believe I listen to 2 pac? Well, I don’t much anymore.. just a few of the clean ones from time to time)
Anyway some songs just have the power to “take you back” if you know what I mean.
As I was reflecting on my life, my changes and some of the crazy things I’ve gone through, I started to realize the sheer power in some of the ideas in these songs.
This song reminds me that there are a lot of hard things the world.
Jim Rohn says we need to be acquainted with the both the highs and lows in life. We need to understand the good and some of the bad.
You’ve to to taste some of the bitter to really appreciate the sweet.
I used to think that rap music, football, partying and picking fights were “cool” things.
This song by 2 Pac was a favorite of one of my good friends Rayce. We used to love listening to this song together.
Rayce was a popular guy.
An amazing athlete, smart, funny and someone who would light up whatever room he walked into.
He was also someone who would always have your back in a tough spot if you know what I mean.
He and I ran around together & had some crazy times.
Towards the end of my college career I started making some “changes” in my life. Changes that I knew had to happen if I were to have any kind of a future at all.
I actually decided to go on a mission for the LDS church.
Regardless of what you think of “The Mormons“…
You can’t argue the fact that going from partying, fighting & rap music to riding a bike around & telling total strangers that they should love one another and “do unto others as you have them do unto you” is a good change.
My buddy Rayce didn’t some of those changes.
Unfortunately, he continued to get deeper, and deeper entrenched in the path we were both on.
So while I decided to change, serve a mission and put my life on a different course… he continued to hang around with the “wrong” crowd and move in the opposite direction his loved one’s wanted him to move in.
I remember one time, Rayce even told me that he believed he was put on this earth to show others how not to live their lives.
This blog post may show those words to be somewhat prophetic.
I returned from Taiwan (where I was serving my mission) got married to my sweetheart and started to have a family.
I would see Rayce from time to time but we were now living really different lives and there wasn’t much we had in common.
Then I got the news.
It was all over the local papers and television.
State Champion wrestler killed after high speed chase with police. I was sick.
Choices do matter my friend.
As 2 Pac says in the song…
We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat,
Let’s change the way we live,
And let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to
do what we gotta do…
We may not like the way things are going in the world.
We may not like the way things are going in our own lives.
Here’s the beauty…
We can change!
“& if you will change, things will change for you”. ~Jim Rohn
Here’s to helping each other make those changes we MUST make in our lives so we can all enjoy a better future together.
I’m pretty sure that’s what Rayce would want us to do.