My World According to Bon Jovi

For those who know my iPod and my musical taste, I never really got out of the 80’s.  It was a good decade, Loverboy, Van Halen, Journey, Twisted Sister, 38 Special, Huey Lewis and the New, and yes Bon Jovi

There are a few lyrics of his that not only can make me pedal faster, but will make you sit and think.  And today I thought I’d share some of these.

It’s My Life

It’s my life 
It’s now or never 
I ain’t gonna live forever 
I just want to live while I’m alive 
(It’s my life) 
My heart is like an open highway 
Like Frankie said 
I did it my way 
I just wanna live while I’m alive 
It’s my life

A lot of what I have done is because I do want live while I’m alive.  I see so many people, who will “someday” do something, or “next week” I’ll start getting in shape, or “I always wanted” try that.  And as time goes by the dreams are either forgotten, or the body fails, or the person gives up.  I never made it to the top of Rainier, but I damn sure know I tried!    Same song

Better stand tall when they’re calling you out 
Don’t bend, don’t break, baby, don’t back down 

Every ride, hike, climb, river raft, even a 5 K walk I do my best and leave it out there.  I train hard, and do so to allow me to enjoy and completel activities that some people call adventures.

Wanted Dead of Alive

I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back
I play for keeps, ’cause I might not make it back
I been everywhere, and I’m standing tall
I’ve seen a million faces an I’ve rocked them all

Now I can’t play a lick!  My oldest son laughs at me when I even hold his guitar.  However,  again, I do play for keeps.  I have crossed the finish line with NUTHIN left in the tank.  I have hiked in the worst weather possible (geared for it, but sometimes dicey).  I know when I am approaching my limits, when I am at them, and when to go beyond them.  If you aren’t going to give it your all, why go?

Blaze of Glory

Each night I go to bed 
I pray the Lord my soul to keep 
No I ain’t looking for forgiveness 
But before I’m six foot deep 
Lord,I got to ask a favor 
And I’ll hope you’ll understand 
‘Cause I’ve lived life to the fullest 
Let the boy die like a man 
Staring down the bullet 
Let me make my final stand

Let me make this perfectly clear (mainly cuz mom reads my blog) I do NOT have a death wish.  I have a wife I love and 2 kids who need me and a mom who will kick my ass if I die.  THAT being said, if I had to pick between getting fat and having a heart attack, or falling off a mountain, I take the mountain any day!  Biting it in a car crash heading for work or on the back of a bike, I pick the bike!  I want to be enjoying myself somehow when it happens!  It can happen any time anywhere, I’d just prefer to have a great story.

Have a Nice Day

Why, you wanna tell me how to live my life?
Who, are you to tell me if it’s black or white?
Mama, can you hear me? Try to understand.
Is innocence the difference between a boy and a man?
My daddy lived the lie, that’s just the price that he paid
Sacrificed his life, just slavin’ away.

Ohhh, if there’s one thing I hang onto,
That gets me through the night.
I ain’t gonna do what I don’t want to,
I’m gonna live my life.
Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice,
Standing on the ledge, I show the wind how to fly.
When the world gets in my face,
I say, Have A Nice Day.
Have A Nice Day

There are SO many people at office think I am nuts.  I have

Have a Nice Day (Bon Jovi song)
Have a Nice Day (Bon Jovi song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facebook friends who will never understand me.  Luckily I have a wife who does understand and is behind me completely! I look for tougher things every year.  I don’t want to feel old, so I work my ass off to make sure I am not!  Someday, the body will give out, but damn it will have done a lot before it does!

And Finally:

Livin on a Prayer

Whooah, we’re half way there 
Livin’ on a prayer

Every stinkin big ride I do, without fail, when the odometer kicks over the halfway point I sing this, either in my head or bellowing out loud (depending on my energy level!) its a classic.

Now i am not saying Bon Jovi started me on my adventures, but I gotta tell ya, when it’s been a long work week, and my brain is mush, being able to crank them on the iPod gets me through to my next ride!

It’s my life 
It’s now or never 
I ain’t gonna live forever 
I just want to live while I’m alive 

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