A song can hit me and start a whole thought process about life, and how to get more of what we want out of it. And so it happened today as I was driving down to teach the medical students about family medicine.
The song was Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider. You may remember it from the 1980s - it was on the Vision Quest soundtrack. Perhaps you also remember the movie Vision Quest - a movie about a high school kid who is a passionate wrestler who becomes involved in a passionate love affair. What to do, what to do - oh, the teenage angst!
The movie was somewhat forgettable, although I always did like that Matthew Modine guy (the wrestler and lead character). What stuck with me about it, though, were the scenes of Modine prepping for his wrestling matches - doing what it took to make his preferred weight class - giving it his all. One scene in particular always stayed with me - he goes on a long run as part of his training to be the best (set to Lunatic Fringe, of course).
I had the soundtrack and would often listen to it when I did my own workouts, envisioning the long runs and extreme commitment it took for that character to be a player. I'd think, if he could do such serious exercise and stay with it through thick and thin, I could do whatever it was I was doing too. And it never failed to inspire me.
As I listened to the song today, I was transported back to the 1980s when I would watch the movie and I would work out to the soundtrack, thinking about that movie character, his passion and commitment to doing what it took to get where he wanted to be physically. What I realized today is that it was always the passionate pursuit of something - anything - that attracted me to the energy of the scenes (and the song). How this is what we all crave, at the very heart of who we are: Something that wakes us up, makes us feel alive. That life is worth really living - in the pursuit of what you love.
For that guy, the Vision Quest guy, it was wrestling (and I guess the girl got some of his passion, too). For me? Sometimes I wonder. Sometimes I think I know. What I can tell you for sure is that seeing it in others inspires me. Makes me want to run hard for it, too.
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Published On: October 22, 2013