Young Turks

I find it amazing how you can listen to a song numerous times and all of the sudden certain lyrics jump out at you.

This happened to me with the song Young Turks by Rod Stewart the other day. This song came out in 1981 and was huge in the states. For all these years when I sang along with the song, I just took in the story that the song is telling.

The story is about two kids, Billy and Patty who run away. Patty was only seventeen. The song follows their journey. They get a one-room apartment. Billy gets his ear pierced, which in 1981 was very scandalous. At the end of the song, Billy writes a letter to Patty’s parents kind of apologizing for running away. Oh and drops the bomb that Patty “gave birth to a 10 pound baby boy.” God bless, Patty. That had to hurt.

Anyway, as I sang along in my car the other day these words in the song just popped out at me –
life is a thief when you’re undecided. Wow how true is that. Bravo for those lyrics, Rod!

I hear over and over from people who say they don’t have time for their vision. Then I ask them to tell me their vision and usually they really don’t know. They are undecided and the fear of making the wrong decision makes them do nothing. That is when time does feel like a thief.

I felt stuck for many years because I just could not decide what the right thing was to do, but who really knows what is right and what is wrong. Those are just judgments. I had to be brave, decide to take some action and realize that if I didn’t like the action I choose, I’d just make another one.

I’ll leave you with the rest of the verse from Young Turks. Thank you again, Rod for your beautiful words:

We got just one shot of life, let’s take it while we’re still not afraid.
Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you’re undecided.
And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands.

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