It’s 1:45 a.m. on a Monday and I find my eyes welling up with tears. It was one of those nights that you just have trouble going back to sleep so I watched what will be one of the most moving concerts I've seen on #Netflix
. No it was not one of my idols. It was a grungy, slightly worn acoustic solo performance by Bruce #Springsteen
. What made it so moving was not the songs. To be honest I skipped most of the songs. It was the words he spoke about a hard father to love, friends who died and friend who’d lived, old trees and familiar streets.
In one monologue he spoke about ancestors. Now as someone descended from Latin-Caribbean and African people, speaking of ancestors is about as common as speaking about food. However what made this moment so visceral was the #Boss
said “you can be an Ancestor or you can be a Ghost”. Ancestors are revered and loved and Ghost feared and forgotten.
We are here but a short time to live an adventurous life, fall in #love
with someone, enjoy time with #parents
, and #contribute
in someway. Yet some of us squander our time harming one another and creating divisive environments. Before he died his own dad was on his way to becoming a ghost. Yet a simple apology, asking for #forgiveness
, loving unconditionally made him an ancestor.