Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Live like a warrior.”
We just had Matisyahu perform on campus, so of COURSE I had to use one of my favorite lyrics of his for this week’s blurb. I hope everyone that went had a great time at the show!
“Live Like a Warrior” is one of the singles off Matisyahu’s 2012 album Spark Seeker. The song has kind of an upbeat, pop-reggae feel. It’s all about letting go of what others say and think about you and just doing what you like and being your true self. I think the reason this song speaks to me so much is that it’s a concept I personally sometimes struggle with, especially being a college student.
Our time in college is some of our most formative time in life. It’s not only a time of exams, homework, and grades. It’s a time of finding our passions, finding our interests, finding our best friends, and finding our own identities. In the process, we try things to see if we like them, but people will sometimes try to talk us out of things based on their own thoughts or stereotypes they may have.
One of the great things this song sums up so well is sometimes, people are just going to think what they want about you, but there’s nothing you can do about it. So why worry about what others think if we can’t change it? Why sacrifice our own happiness to try to change other people’s minds when it won’t even achieve that?
As with other blurbs and Divrei Torah I’ve written, I’d like to leave you with a takeaway, a challenge. This week, my challenge for you is to stop worrying about what others say, do things you love, and surround yourself with good people, because as the saying goes, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Have a great week!