Your Great ‘What If’


Tonight, my music video hopping has led me back to some Jon Mclaughlin poetry while listening to (and eventually reading) his song Indiana. I love this kind of poetry and music that takes you to places in your heart that straightforward words otherwise would not have been able to. We all have our Indianas. Are you still holding on to yours? What is your great ‘what if’ in life? We will all face battles. I just hope it is not the battle to convince ourselves that we are going to lose, even before we have tried to fight the war.

So it’s probably best I stay in Indiana
Just dreaming of the world as it should be
Where every day is a battle to convince myself
I’m glad she never fell in love with me — Indiana

Indiana Lyrics by Jon McLaughlin

I’m glad I never lived next to the water
So I could never get used to the beach
And I’m glad I never grew up on a mountain
To figure out how high the world could reach
I love the miles between me and the city
Where I quietly imagine every street
And I’m glad I’m only picturing the moment
I’m glad she never fell in love with me

For some the world’s a treasure to discover
And your scenery should never stay the same
And they’re trading in their dreams for Explanations
All in an attempt to entertain
But I love the miles between me and the city
Where I quietly imagine every street
And I’m glad I’m only picturing the moment

I’m glad she never fell in love with me

The trick of love is to never let it find you
It’s easy to get over missing out
I know the how’s and whens, but now and then,
She’s all I think about

I wonder how it feels to be famous
But wonder is as far as I will go
Because I’d probably lose myself in all the Pictures
And end up being someone I don’t know.
So it’s probably best I stay in Indiana
Just dreaming of the world as it should be
Where every day is a battle to convince myself
I’m glad she never fell in love with me

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