“And an astronaut could’ve seen the hunger in my eyes from space.”
This is a line from the song “Woke Up New“ by The Mountain Goats. It’s a great song that tells the story of waking up to a life that you didn’t picture yourself living. There’s a sense of loneliness and fear, but also innocent eagerness in embarking in the “what’s next” of this story.
When life isn’t like you expected (and it’s inevitably not going to be what you’re expecting) what do you do?
I think you hunger. Or at least that’s been my response. It’s a hunger for adventure and purpose and relationship. A hunger for the future. A hunger for more, for something big and unknown. It’s a hunger that’s so large and insatiable that it hurts. But I think (slash hope) that it’s a good kind of pain. It’s a feeling that’s both childlike, but also carries with it the depth of real experience. It’s a hunger that’s so overwhelming I don’t know what to do with it…
And that’s what I love about this Mountain Goat’s song. It captures all of this with short and simple lyrics that tell a story about something deeply true and significant. It’s one of those songs that you feel in your bones as you’re listening to it.
As a side note – I don’t think it takes long to know when you’re around someone who is hungry like this. It’s a hunger that’s both contagious and vulnerable. So much so, that if you’re feeling stuck in life or maybe just bored, I suggest finding someone around you who’s hungry and spending some quality time with them. Any takers?