Sunday, January 11, 2009

'Cause You Might Die Trying

I love this song. Not just because it's Dave, also for the idea behind it.
To change the world,
Start with one step.
However small,
The first step is hardest of all.

Once you get your gate,
You will walk in tall.
You said you never did,
Cause you might die trying,
Cause you might die trying.
Cause you---

If you close your eyes,
Cause the house is on fire.
Think you couldn't move,
Until the fire dies.
The things you never did,
Oh, Cause you might die trying,
Cause you might die trying.
You'd be as good as dead,
Cause you might die trying,
Cause you might die trying.

If you give, you, you begin to live.
If you give, you begin to live.
You begin, you get the world.
If you give, you begin to give
You get get the world, you get the world.
If you give, you get to give.

You might die trying.
Oh, you might die trying.
Yeah, you might die trying.

The things you never did,
Cause you might die trying;
You'd be as good as dead.
You never did.

It's hard to do something to make change, but if you don't take the risk nothing will happen at all, right?
I love the idea of making a difference and changing the world, but usually when the opportunity to really do something, even something little, comes along, I freeze up and do nothing. I mean, I help people because it's my job when I'm at the shelter, but outside of work I never go out of my way to help people. I need to stop freezing and going on with my day, doing nothing.

I was riding the streetcar to work today. It was freezing outside and starting to snow. At one point, a homeless man hopped on through the back doors without paying, carrying a garbage bag full of cans. His slightly odd behaviour struck me as potentially schizophrenic, and so I got my guard up like I usually do around people with mental health issues on public transit (not without reason, I've seen a few scary incidents). Sitting on a chair was a leather glove that everyone else who got on had ignored. The homeless man grabbed it and tried it on, appearing thrilled that he would now have a warm hand. After a while, a homeless woman got on. They greeted each other and she sat down near him (in front of me). He then told her about his glove, and offered it to her. She declined, saying she was already too hot, but I was really touched by the gesture. This man who clearly didn't have very many things to call his own and who spent his time outside collecting bottles in the cold without proper winter attire, was willing to give away his newfound glove to somebody else who might need it more than he did. He was willing to try and make a difference and help somebody else. Meanwhile, I sat there with my hat and two gloves and scarf and iPod and just observed.


EP said...

I love the idea behind that song, too.

That story is touching. I've found, more often than not, that the people with the least are the ones who are willing to give up everything for a near stranger. We all should strive to be more like that.

Kern said...

Love the song, love the band. :)

It's a good story. You never know the difference you make just by offering your help every once in a while, and it's funny when the karma comes back around to you. I think especially in this economy people need to start looking after one another more.

Okay off my soapbox now.

Classy in Philadelphia said...

Great song, and wow what a story.

I definitely always have my guard up on public transit too (dangerous things happen!) but that story was really nice. I often wish I could help more too, and I don't know what's holding me back, but like you, I freeze.

Thanks for sharing!

Ashley D said...

I love stories like this. It really gives you a different perspective on life and makes you realize how much we take for granted. Thanks for sharing. :)

BloodRedRoses said...

I really liked this post... I have been in situations like this where you suddenly realize how things you take for granted are so important to those who aren't as fortunate.

It's good that you've come to realize this, and I'm glad I read this post today. Gives me something to think about.

Karie said...

Mmmm... daaaaaaaave.