We are all “lost boys,” waiting to be found; even if only for a brief moment in time, and even if the “finding” actually involves losing yourself.
Today’s Tunesday is a song I can’t get out of my head, or my heart.
Lately my shadow has felt lost, stuck in the dresser drawer in my “real world” Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Listening to Ruth B’s Lost Boy, takes me on the journey to Neverland that my soul so longingly yearns for. With a Birdy-esque, serene quality to her voice, and the use of characters I am oh so familiar with, listening to this song brings me to tears in both a reminiscent and a hopeful way.
I’ve always felt a special connection to the Peter Pan Disney tale, and with my life’s motto of “getting old is mandatory, growing up is optional,” you can understand why. The intersection of adulthood and adolescence is where I find my happy place- attempting to be serious enough that I positively contribute to society, while simultaneously trying not to take anything too seriously so as to miss even one opportunity for laughter.
Despite the appearance of Disney-centric lyrics, her song truly encompasses so much more than just fairy dust. Lost Boy is about experiencing that thing. Your individual Peter Pan, that carries you away to a safer place when you’re lost.
Finding that place doesn’t mean erasing reality, or forgetting about life. It’s an emotional vacation so to speak. I think the hope is that by getting lost and remembering to believe, you allow yourself to fly away and ultimately come back to your destiny.
He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe
Believe in him and believe in me
Together we will fly away in a cloud of green
To your beautiful destiny
Thank you, Ruth B, for taking me away.