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Musical Mondays: What Are You Waiting For

I’ve noticed that I haven’t done a Musical Monday in a while. (I’ve also noticed that this is the third one and they’re all six months apart. I didn’t plan that.)

September is coming to a close. Everyone went back to work, back to school, and we’re all in our usual routines again.

While I’m happy, this is a big strange for me. For the past eight years, I’ve always had to deal with that first day of school. I’ve had to deal with working with new teachers, working with new students. I’ve been a robot; my body and mind catering to the preschool schedule, singing the days of the week and learning how to spell my name at the same time each and every day.

I don’t have that anymore.

I quit my job back in June at the end of the previous school year and honestly, I haven’t looked back. But also, it hasn’t quite sunk in until this month.

I usually buy myself some new supplies, a couple new outfits here and there, etc. But I didn’t this year. I bought new supplies for my writing, but I do that all year round. I didn’t buy any new clothes (though I really need to…) because guess what? I can stay in my pajamas all day if I really wanted to.

This song that I’m about to show you is one of my favorites. I love Nickelback. They can be hardcore rock, but can also be very inspiring. When this song first came out in 2014, I thought a lot about myself. About my writing and blogging.

I had been complaining about wanting to go full time with it for so long, but not having enough time to actually pursue it.

Then I did it. I finally figured things out, decided to do what’s right for me, what’s going to make me happy.

Needless to say, this song speaks loudly to me. I hope you enjoy it and it speaks to you, too.

LYRICS

What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Are you waiting on a lightning strike
Are you waiting for the perfect night
Are you waiting till the time is right?
What are you waiting for?

Don’t you wanna learn to deal with fear
Don’t you wanna take the wheel and steer
Don’t you wait another minute here
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me?
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the right excuse?
Are you waiting for a sign to choose
While you’re waiting it’s the time you lose
What are you waiting for?Don’t you wanna spread your wings and fly?

Don’t you wanna spread your wings and fly?
Don’t you wanna really live your life?
Don’t you wanna love before you die?
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Tell me what you’re waiting for
Show me what you’re aiming for
What you gonna save it for?
So what you really waiting for?

Tell me what you’re waiting for
Show me what your aiming for
What you gonna save it for?
So what you really waiting for?

Everybody’s gonna make mistakes
But everybody’s got a choice to make
Everybody needs a leap of faith
When are you taking yours?

What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
What are you waiting for?
Believe in every dream that you got
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
What are you, what are you?
What are you, what are you waiting for?
What are you, what are you
What are you, what are you waiting for?

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

18 thoughts on “Musical Mondays: What Are You Waiting For

  1. Such beautiful musings, Rachel. A belated congratulations on going into writing full-time – that is such an incredible new beginning, even if it comes with the bittersweetness of an ending alongside it. Thank you, as well, for sharing this song with us – it’s one I’ll be playing on repeat for many days to come. ❤

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