I recently saw the Rolling Stones in concert. Call it a bucket list item to see these bastions of rock music while they are still playing. In this rat race of daily goals, personal development and “crushing your destiny”, remember that you should also take care of yourself. For me, this meant taking a day off from work and spending a few bucks to enjoy the Stones in concert. At my age and theirs, I realize that you don’t always get a second chance to see the Rolling Stones.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
The Stones sang all their old hits. Geriatric fans like myself chimed in that we couldn’t get no satisfaction and that we can’t always get what we want. I stood in line to buy an overpriced t-shirt. But hey, it’s the Rolling Stones.
You Don’t Always Get a Second Chance
A few years ago my wife and I bought tickets to see the Eagles. We had never seen them before and a buddy told me that Glen Frey told great personal stories about their songs. At the last minute, my wife couldn’t get off work and I was swamped with work projects. So, we sold our tickets and decided to catch the Eagles another time.
Two weeks later Glen Frey died. We have since seen the Eagles twice in concert, but we never again had the opportunity to see them with Glen Frey. This incident taught me the hard lesson that you don’t always get a second chance.
I’m trying to catch the old acts on their last hoorah tours while I still can. I was too young and preoccupied to see these bands back in the day. So now I’m catching up. Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, etc. I was blessed to see Glen Campbell just before the Alzheimers got him. The guy still had it!
Listen to the Music
I’ve read the books and attended the seminars teaching that successful people consistently do the hard work that unsuccessful people are not willing to do. They work their plan, learn from mistakes and don’t give up. But in the process of working your plan, take time to listen to the music.
At one point, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts did an awesome acoustical version of Dead Flowers. Pushing 80 years of age, these guys still bring it. If God blesses me to live til 80, I hope to still have the energy and ability to bring life and joy to those around me.
Not Everybody Wins
Funny thing about life. Not everybody wins. The very fact that success exists means failure has to exist also. I posted a picture of me and wife at the Stones concert on Facebook. It got tons of likes, well wishes and “wow, wish I was there” comments. Thousands have seen the Stones and other acts over the years.
But what blows my mind are the thousands more who just sit at the house, settling to listen to their favorite singer on the radio. Yet they lack the ambition or desire to drive a couple of hours and spend a buck to see the singer live.
It’s not enough to just listen to a good speech or sermon. You’ve got to put it into practice and take some chances. Start the business. Take the night class. Go to the leadership conference. Do something to push yourself each day toward success. But never assume success will find you by accident.
And go see your favorite band while you still can. You don’t always get a second chance.