Gym Playlist # 3 – Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Number 3 in my gym play list, throw-back to 1983, this song was life-changing for the British duo consisting of Annie Lenox and David Stewart.  Although a strong bass-line, it’s a bit techno for my present taste, but a good throw-back and is good to keep a 4.0 MPH pace on my treadmill for 3 minutes and 37 seconds.     

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

 According to multimedia-english.com, The information booklet in Eurythmics’ 1983 album Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) says that the song is about life as it is, saying that here we are in our existences, trying to make sense of our lives and to survive.

Making sense of our lives really comes from understanding who we are.  We have been created by an amazing Creator to love and worship Him and to help others find Him too.  I see people every day, however, who are searching for purpose in many other things… be it relationships, bottles, pills, blades, or other things.   The song paints somewhat of a bleak picture of people in my opinion – that everyone is really out to use/be used by people.   In my rose-colored glasses, I prefer to see the world for the beauty that it is.  Oh, I know there is ugliness and despair in the world, and it breaks my heart, but in my heart of hearts, I prefer to see the good in things and people. 

I do agree that everybody’s looking for something.  A pastor friend of mine used to say that everyone is looking for a sense of purpose – and people look for that purpose in all kinds of places, some of them good and some of them really, really bad.  In my “about me” page, I talked about the fact that in my early life, I struggled to find my purpose – now that I’ve found it, I’d like to help others find theirs as well. 

One part of the song that I’ve always liked is “hold your head up, keep moving on”.   

Without hope, it can be difficult to hold our heads high, but when we know that our confidence is in a God who loves as as we are, but too much to let us stay there, our lives can be transformed.  My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV).   I remember the day that I really heard that verse for the first time – I had probably heard it hundreds of times before that day – but on that day, my ears were opened and I truly HEARD what God was telling me. … that He has a purpose for my life… and if He has a purpose for my pitiful, pathetic, shadow of a life, then He has a plan for your life as well. 

photo cred: me.me

There are times in life when our hurts and burdens feel so heavy that we think we can’t go on, and we need a reminder to keep our dignity and our heads held high and keep pursing our dreams.   (along those lines, there are times when our dreams make sense to no one else but us… that’s ok) .

Keep pursuing your dreams, my friends.   

Blessings, 

SB

Copyright 2018 Journey For Life.  All rights reserved

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

Hold your head up
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up, movin’ on
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up, movin’ on
Keep your head up, movin’ onSome of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel…

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Author: Journey-For-Life

I am a musician, an engineer, a mentor; my desire is to leave things better than I found them; I am a sister, daughter, wife, mother, aunt, friend. Suicide breaks my heart; Cancer breaks my heart; Human trafficking breaks my heart; Seeing people make bad life decisions breaks my heart. I am thankful for the One True and Living God who saved me from myself and, through His Son Jesus Christ, has saved from my sins; I am confidently persistent, passionately determined and boldly creative so that I may inspire others to live a life that ultimately matters.

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