Tomorrow is Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. I have been a diehard Bruce fan for more decades than I want to admit (see photos, and this one of me going to my first Bruce show – I wish I knew what happened to that shirt!). My older brother was a fan before me – I remember him playing a recently released album and not being impressed. What can I say, I was in my disco phase.
Tomorrow, Bruce can legally file for Social Security – he will be 66 years old. This is a performer who to this day sells out enormous venues in minutes, not because of nostalgia or a highly choreographed dance troupe – in fact he and the E Street Band are known for their standard black jeans and shirt uniform, and modest staging. Nope, it’s because he brings the house down every single show with 3 hour non-stop concerts built on true passion.
Many equate it with a religious experience and given it’s the eve of Yom Kippur and the arrival of the Pope in NYC, I thought it an appropriate topic.
If you’ve ever seen Bruce perform, you’ll likely agree it unfathomable someone with his energy, drive, stamina (and biceps) approaching 70. If you haven’t seen him perform, GO. The audience and performer are one – connected and mutually respected from the first note. For a quick sample of that beautiful relationship check out this video – I especially love the shots of fans starting at around the 3 minute mark. What passion reverberating from both the stage and audience! I’ve seen shows from the front row and the last row, and the electricity palpable from both.
I can see why he inspired the famous quote from then music critic Jon Landau, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.” That’s how Bruce continues to make his audiences feel every performance.
Well I see the future too, and it entails you igniting that passion within and inspiring a similar reaction among your peers. Whether it is a personal or professional goal you’ve been aspiring toward, what exactly is it you are waiting for? Seriously, let’s pinpoint what is blocking you from going there and set you free to take action. There's never a good time, and time certainly isn’t gong to wait for you. Some common self promises I hear:
- I'll get in shape after the holidays.
- I’ll apply for that dream job when I get a chance to do my resume.
- I’ll visit so-and-so next year.
- I'll go on a date after I lose 10 lbs.
- I’ll make that networking phone call when I have xyz degree.
- I’ll take time off when it’s not so busy.
Well when exactly is that? Cut to a year from now; or maybe 5; or maybe never.
Whether you’re on the edge of entering senior citizenship or just starting your career, I’m here suggest that you get off your butt up and get started.
Whatever it is that you’ve been meaning to do “some day,” start now by taking just one small step in a direction toward getting you there.
Yesterday I ran a corporate event about resiliency and stress relief. After a panel discussion, attendees spoke with a nutritionist about inflammation, as well as sampled acupuncture, chair massage and calmative breathing stations. People walked out of the room transformed by just allowing themselves 15 minutes to open their minds and bodies to new empowering ways to becoming their optimal selves. It’s hard to goad yourself out of the day to day, and many times even uncomfortable. But without discomfort, change cannot occur.
When Bruce wrote the album Born to Run, he was striving for commercial success, and under a lot of pressure from the record company. It took 14 months to record, and 6 months alone working on the song “Born to Run” itself. I imagine he struggled with lots of emotions and many voices in his head (and around him) offering conflicting direction. You could understand how he came up with lyrics like “Together we could break this trap. We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back.” Or “`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run.”
Well we, too, were born to run, so let’s put on our running shoes and go.
I promise you, “Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny,” and remind you to maintain a sense of humor along the path. In that vein, check out this funny Jimmy Fallon spoof on Born to Run some 40 years after it was released.
In the words of Bruce Springsteen “Is there anybody alive out there?” I say “Amen!”
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™