You might have come across these popular quotes:
- Sing like no one’s listening.
- Love like you’ve never been hurt.
- Dance like nobody’s watching.
- And live like it’s heaven on earth.
(Attributed to various sources)
Many times, I am lost when I read these types of quotes. Of course, I do confess that my knowledge is very limited in deciphering the quotes and the context it is said.
No doubt most of the quotes are based on the author’s experience and we highly respect their quotes, and many times we make use of these and other quotes to reassure ourselves whenever life is not fair to us.
Above quotes… despite there being an element of encouragement and inspiration, we know that it’s not possible since… reality stares at us 24 hours!!
1. SING LIKE NO ONE IS LISTENING
This reminded me of musicians playing in empty halls during these pandemic days!
Agreed. Whether you are a singer or not, everybody has the talent to sing. I am not talking about bathroom singers.
But you can’t sing whenever you wish or wherever you wish since you are bound to follow social norms.
And when life’s challenges are too many, I doubt whether you get the mood to sing in the first place.
All that you can do is attend a music concert and sing along with the singer… as if no one listening!
The tragedy is that no one would be willing to listen to your singing (none having the mood, the patience or time) even if you don’t care and I guess you have to carry on solo…
You may come out with an explanation for this quote telling that one need not care, do what you wish to do, come what may happen… Nothing far from the truth. How can you be not caring for others? We are a society and we have to care about the concerns of other people too. That is an unwritten and agreed civilized behaviour!
“It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts.” — Nic Sheff
2. LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HURT
As a human being, this doesn’t make any sense!
My friend, love is the single most important cause for you to get hurt. We are humans with lots of emotions; egos, moods swings, and other types of feelings. We are not Gods.
Every one of us undergoes hurt in love matters and to be precise, the hurt lingers as an unhealed wound (There is nothing wrong in this because it’s a human trait).
“When you care for someone more than they deserve, you get hurt more than you deserve.” — Unknown
Love and hurt go together and we humans have excellent resilience and we move on… the point here is…
It’s impossible to forget the hurt. You can forgive but can you forget?
3. DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING
It can mean anything.
Dance under the influence of alcohol since your inhibitions are absent or you don’t hesitate to dance in the darkness since nobody is watching etc. (you may skid and injure in the process) or simply dance with your back facing the audience as shown in the above photo.
You may say, it means ‘let go’ (OK, then why should you dance to let it go?). Or, you may say that it conveys the point that ‘just do your duty despite hurdles’ …Explanation for the explanation sake!
As for my understanding goes… ‘Dance’ conveys some moral story or expression of the tradition.
If nobody is watching your dance… then what is that you are trying to convey or to whom you are addressing your dance?
“Dance like nobody’s watching. Because they are not …they are all checking their phones.” — Unknown
4. LIVE LIKE IT’S HEAVEN ON EARTH
You may argue that it conveys the meaning of ‘Live life to the fullest’…
Yes, I agree with this point. One has to complete the life journey from birth to death.
What is the meaning of Heaven on Earth?
As it is, our place is Hell. How can Hell become Heaven?
“The attempt to make Heaven on Earth invariably produces Hell.” — Karl Popper
But telling ‘Live like it’s Heaven on Earth… is a bit exaggeration and we are aware of Harsh Truths of Life.
“I started to find out the path to HELL in a decent way. Then I realized that now it’s been called SOCIETY, and I’m already part of it.” — Balakoteswara Panchakshari
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Dr. Sridhar is the man behind Philosophy Through Photography.
This deep thinker from India wears many hats; he is a physician, a blogger, a philosopher and an amateur photographer.