Once in a great while you see something that takes a part of your soul and makes it smile. I was sitting having a conversation with my hipster-at-heart brother while watching the Super Bowl. He texted me two links and said watch these later when you have time. I, of course, not interested in the Super Bowl at all asked for more information. He said, “A guy turned his house into a museum for his wife and MUTEMATH turned it into a music video. It’s awesome.”
My first thought? "That’s interesting, he sounds like a hoarder…." I'm not sure if I said it out loud, but that's definitely what I thought.
My brother went on to tell me that the second link he sent was the man watching the video for the first time. “Trust me,” he said. “This is right up your alley.”
I have always believed that you can tell a lot about a person through their eyes. Some people have friendly eyes, some have passive eyes, some have inquisitive eyes and some people have mean eyes…I don’t know exactly how to describe this because it’s not about the color or the shape it about what’s inside. The best I can explain is: Have you ever met someone that just brought a light and a smile to a room? That’s happy eyes. Have you ever met someone who didn’t really seem to be caring about what you were saying? That’s passive eyes. Have you ever met someone that hung on to every word but you couldn’t gauge their reaction? That’s inquisitive eyes. And have you ever met someone that first looks you up and down then looks at you like “this better be good?” Those are mean eyes.
Now that you’ve been schooled on how I qualify people… Lala – the star of this video – has happy eyes. It is clear that he and his wife had a special bond. Watching these videos made me immediately look at my husband ask the obvious girl question, “Awe, if I died, would you make our house a museum?!” I know my husband and I know the answer is no, I already know that he would downsize to something extremely frugal, realistic for one person and two munchkins. But he knows me well enough to simply answer, “Yes.”
While I knew the answer to the question I asked my husband before I asked it, and while I certainly know that ‘turning your house into a museum of love’ is not normal, I found this concept super intriguing. I think the reason it hit home for me is because I’ve been through some loss and challenges in my life. I’ve seen people close to me react several different ways to unforeseen life challenges, the smallest being a bad day and the heaviest being losing someone we love. I’ve narrowed it down to this: If something bad happens to you, you have two options. You can either turn left or you can turn right. If I teach my girls nothing else in life I want to teach them THIS:
In my little mind, left is bad. I'm not sure why LEFT is bad, maybe it's because I'm right handed, or I like turning right better, regardless, the reason I like right better than left is really irrelevant. Left is where people end up when they focus on what is gone instead of what is in front of them. Left is when we allow our self pity to let us avoid the sunshine, flowers blooming, bee’s pollinating, the beauty of life and the fact that it CANNOT be a coincidence. Life is so beautiful and complex that some higher being MUST have planned it and if a bee has a purpose (to pollenate flowers) our lives MUST have meaning... Right?! Speaking of right, right is good. Right is the voice that says, “pick yourself up by your bootstraps and do something – ANYTHING.” Right turns us towards the fact that you still have life to live, right has time for a moment to reflect and lovely memories but it doesn’t have time for self-pity. Right acknowledges that when we fall or get a punch to the gut that it hurts but the pain, in some twisted way, helps us recognize joy in less obvious moments (like a normal day when nothing is GREAT or bad). Right celebrates life and takes the off the charts terribleness of pain, loss and challenge and captures it, like a time capsule (or monument), providing a place to go reflect when the ‘little insignificant things’ feel big and heavy. It reminds us that the ‘little insignificant things are just little…and this too shall pass.’ It also reminds us (or screams at us) that life is short and anything is possible.
Now 'loss' and 'monument' are kind of heavy terms and while I love this concept of turning right for big challenges in life, I must say it more often is applicable to the little challenges. I often see posts from mommies burdened with day to day life, struggling to stay afloat. And sometimes when life feels hard, the best way to change it is to make a sharp turn towards the hard. Turn right, start somewhere because somewhere is where all great things start.
MUTEMATH illustrates the concept of people who turn right perfectly through Lala and their song that accompanies his exquisite 'happy' dancing, Monument. Lala lost the love of his life and instead of turning left he turned right, built something beautiful and clearly celebrates life. These videos warmed my heart, put a smile on my face and happiness in my soul. It reminded me about the importance of turning right.
Watch the music video first and Lala watching it for the first time second.
Thank you MUTEMATH, Lala and Louise for the simple reminder that life is in front of us tomorrow no matter what the speed bump we are dealing with today.
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