Look Beyond Hatred to See That Life is Beautiful


Cats Really Hate You

Sixx:A.M.’s song from the The Heroin Diaries entitled “Life is Beautiful” delves deeply into the dark side of despondency, yet the moving masterpiece offers an encouraging light, seen at the end of an emotionally long tunnel for many.

“Just open your eyes and see that life is beautiful.”

That verse says it all, especially on a brilliant, spring’s afternoon with the flowers blooming, and the trees turning magnificent colors to match those of a double rainbow immediately following a storm, as the radiant sunshine sears through the rain clouds, and the sweet scent of  ozone permeates the air.

The rest of the bridge, about “swearing on your life that no one will cry at my funeral,” is quite a bit too heavy; but it does make a point that when it’s over, it’s over. Who said that? No, it wasn’t Yogi Bear.

The reason for this topic was from my looking to do a cover of that song. Lately my tunes have been dark, about death, despondency and doom, discouraging me to attempt it this time around.

Like most everyone on Social Media, who wants to hear songs about death and despondency? Cats and other cuteness prevail, except when someone famous dies. That’s when everybody wants to be the first to announce the demise, hopping on what I call, The Obituary Bandwagon.

I thought of using that term as a name for my virtual quartet; however, that might kill any chance for Social Media to respond to my musical endeavors. Maybe The Feral Cats would be better. What, “too close to The Stray Cats,” you say?

In the woods the other day, while checking on my ospreys along a short stretch of the Delaware River, I took notice to several of the passersby as they walked along a wooded path at the riverside.

Mother Nature had waved her magic wand, sprouting wildflowers everywhere, bursting in every color of the spectrum. Blades of sunshine blazed through the clouds, illuminated the flora through the trees like shards of lasers; or even theatrical lights, spotlighting the players in outstanding, gleaming costumes.

Sorry for waxing poetic, but springtime makes me feel that way. I’ll get back to my rant again.

Yet a large portion of the hikers were looking at their smartphones, intensely, not peering up or about as they trudged by. I couldn’t help but think that smartphones are The Beast.

Everywhere I look, people are staring at their smartphones. It’s quite a phenomenon that gets me in the pit of my stomach. How much in life are they really missing?

I haven’t decided what cover to do. The song has to be cheerful, about cats or puppy dogs, filled with old quotes and political vitriol. That’s a fine example of my daily news-feeds and timelines.

My advice to Social Media is to get over the hatred. Shit happens. People say things they don’t really mean. Anger is a nasty emotion. Insecurity is another foul one. The same goes for real life too. So just open your eyes and see that life is beautiful.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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