Stay On Top, Life Will Reward You

Sep 06, 2018

A serious music insight by Limp Bizkit’s “Take a Look Around” asks the question of the secret to a happy life. I think I know the answer and it’s no mystery.

I’m back from my 1-month holiday which was a holiday for my entourage. I couldn’t rest one single day but decided to only blog once a week during vacations. And now I’m back with another bomb post.

I’m 37 years old and the question of retirement has been on my mind for a while now. Not because I used to work in investment banking and I should have plenty of money in the bank. But because I can’t move from the 16th district of Paris.

Is a child the answer? Is dreaming another answer? I’ll let you know what I think of having a healthy lifestyle: we are all intolerant to exercise since we’re born. With time, it can get better but you can also suddenly hit a wall.

Another Brick In The Wall, Teacher!

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin’s guitarist) used to say that the wrong teacher can mess you up. But thanks to music, when there’s a wall, there’s a way. Thanks to my hard work during the past 8 years, I have work for the rest of my life.

Do I feel lucky? Maybe, or maybe not. But one thing is for sure: effort intolerance is a reality. I was serene going to jam sessions every day when two persons from my entourage gave me a clue about me: they shouted “selfish” and “lazy”.

Today, I was browsing the Internet when I learned about a new civilization I didn’t know: the Moche culture. In French, this word means ugly. It seems it comes from Italy where it means slack.

The detective in me concludes that, if you want to be beautiful and respected, people have to appreciate your effort.

Beautiful Crazy, I Think I’m Going Down

In marketing, they advise summarising your brand in 3 words. That always makes me think of the band TLC who had an album called CrazySexyCool. One of the songs hints at playing at a reasonable level because, at the top, it’s no ordinary menu.

So, if I make an effort to leave Paris and go back to Lebanon where I will spend my time at the beach, in the mountains or in a discotheque, I will forget about that wonderful open space that was like a school full of teenagers.

It’s hard to spot people aged 14 when they walk freely in the streets. But I have a clue. Why is it so important to not interact with people who are 14?

The Tokyo blues (Paris Syndrome, google it) makes me so sad. It’s like the Saint Vitus dance. You hope your legs won’t break.

Nobody Ever Stood a Chance With Vitus

In the late Middle Ages, people in Germany and countries such as Latvia celebrated the feast of Vitus by dancing before his statue. This dancing became popular and the name “Saint Vitus Dance” was given to the neurological disorder Sydenham’s chorea. It also led to Vitus being considered the patron saint of dancers and of entertainers in general.

If you want to have a chance to succeed in life, you have to stay on top. And to stay in top shape, it’s easy: effort and exercise. Of course, you can face a horror sometimes or a highly improbable event. But life is much better with effort and exercise.

During the day, I take my guitar, hit one or two songs and I try to improvise. It’s like a demonstration of fitness. And mates love that.

I Know Why You Want To Hate Me

As a conclusion, it’s easy to have a happy life. A part of the brain monitors intense efforts and evaluates the benefits and the costs. At the moment, I have a problem called transference (the basis of psychoanalysis).

Someone forgot to transfer money and I have to ask money from my parents. I’m not ashamed about that because I had a wonderful life. But now the secret is out: effort and exercise intolerance.

From a statistical point of view, the reason that exercise is not tolerated is of considerable importance. From my entourage point of view, it seems that one man’s loss is another man’s gain is intolerable. That’s why staying on top is a good idea.

One more thing: it seems misread lyrics are quite common and this part of the song is the case. I was hearing: “it’s all because of the secrecy lately” when the lyrics are “cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately”.

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!