Sometimes I listen to Satchmo sing this song and I don’t know quite what to do with myself. Maybe it is because there are moments where I think about what I am doing and realize that it falls into the category of sometimes you do what has to be done not because you want to, but because you have to.
It is a lesson I learned a long time ago. I remember my father sitting me down and telling me that life would be filled with moments I didn’t like and things I didn’t want to do but that I would need to do them because they just had to be done.
I remember him telling me to hit them head on, to try to take care of them first so that I could spend my time enjoying things and not worrying about what lay ahead. He was right. I don’t know if I ever told him, especially since we had the conversation multiple times and teens aren’t prone to letting mom and dad know they really don’t know everything.
But generally I have found that doing what has to be done has yielded benefits and that even though they weren’t immediately apparent they always showed up later.
Nothing stays the same, change is constant. The important thing to remember is that change isn’t always bad and that sometimes rolling with the changes makes it easier to get to the other side so that you can really enjoy and take advantage of the benefits.