What a blessing our imagination is.
With life being what it is, the craziest at times, consumed with fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, where hatred and violence strive to consume, it’s no wonder some of us just want to crawl back into our imagination and stay there…
Stay where we can create our own world, one that is safe from harm, one that is full of love and laughter.
And then we woke up.
On December 8th, 1980.
The day John Lennon died.
Thirty-seven years ago today.
In writing this, the thought did come to mind that lots of you weren’t even born yet. However, I don’t think that matters because if you’ve listened to a Beatle song or a solo by Mr. Lennon, then you know that you were in the company of a master.
Yes, we were still in recovery from the Vietnam war. Yes, we were still in recovery from Civil unrest. (And sadly still are.)
Nevertheless, it is music that has had the ability to transcend above it all.
And that is what John Lennon tried to achieve.
So in commemoration, here are a few of his most famous quotes.
See if they don’t give you a little inspiration.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche…, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”
Let your imagination soar!
“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”
So what do you think? Where were you when John Lennon died? What has his loss meant to you? How does his music make you feel? How do you think he would feel if he were alive today?
Cheers everyone! I hope that life is treating you well. And as always, thank you so much for all your support and wonderful comments!
Though John Lennon died several years before I was born (yes, confession, I’m a millennial!), I have found myself deeply touched by his music. Every time I hear him sing, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” I find myself moved to go out and find the other dreamers and just start dreaming away. Dreaming toward a better future, a better world. He is such an inspiration. Thanks for this lovely tribute to him, and for sharing these wonderful quotes!
I loved The Beatles music. Still do. I remember hearing John Lennon make a remark about death in an interview one time and he said he believed it was like getting out of one car and getting into another. It’s hard to believe it’s been 37 years since he was killed. Those were crazy times and nowadays it’s still as crazy. Nice blog post, Karen. Hope you’re doing well!
Hi Lynn! Thanks for coming by for a visit. I always enjoy your comments and insight. Yes, things were crazy back then and still are. Yet, I have never heard that quote before. Quite profound. And another reason why we miss John Lennon. Not just for his music, but his interesting view of life. Hope you and the family are doing well. Take good care!! 🙂
John Lennon’s thoughts, as expressed in his songs, always looked forward to a happier future. But his own future led him toward his own murder. Yes, his work lives on, but whenever I think of him I feel sad; because maybe he wrong to place so much faith in humanity.
Yes! So true Anthony. I think that’s why after listening to a John Lennon song, we were left with an inner happiness with hope for a brighter future. Yet, however sad his loss may be, there are good people in this world just like you that still give us faith in humanity. So we must never give us and always “give peace a chance!” Thanks for your thoughts. As always, take good care!!! 🙂
This is lovely. And sad. My favorite: life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
Thank you Julie! And yes, it is sad. I cannot believe it’s been 37 years. Love that quote. It’s one of my favorites too! Take care. ((Hugs))
Thank you Sis! <3