What the Tragically Hip can teach us about what really matters.
On Wednesday evening, I was one of 20,000+ raving fans in the sold out ACC, the first of the three final shows The Tragically Hip will ever play in Toronto.
That arena was so full of love, so united in music, and so in the moment.
You’d think it would have been an extremely emotional concert. At times it was. And yet it was also extremely joyful.
It truly was a magical experience.
For those who don’t know, beloved Gord Downie, the lead singer of the Hip, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. And not long ago the group – also best mates – decided to go on what is proving to be nothing less than an epic farewell tour.
How me being at the show came to be was pretty crazy. The morning of, I didn’t even know if we had tickets. However this special woman in my life, in from out of town, was dedicated and determined to be there. Lotteries, line-ups, avoiding fights… hours of waiting… it was only minutes before the show started we knew we were golden, got a pair, and were good to go.
Live music is powerful at any time. However take this massive sold out venue, add the Tragically Hip, their final tour, terminal cancer ~ and it becomes a whole different ball game.
It’s true, they played an incredible set. And Gord was ON – clad in sparkly pants, and glittery suits of blue and hot pink. Even the stage, although simple, added to the effect.
But it wasn’t any of that, which made the experience what it was. It really was the unity and love in that arena.
Life is about experiences. Making moments that matter. Impacting others in a meaningful way. Leaving a legacy.
Gord and the Hip are doing all of those things.
My fave song of the night was ‘Wheat Kings.’ Ironic, as one of the lines in the chorus is ‘Let’s just see what tomorrow brings.’ It had a new meaning that evening.
Without going too morbid on anyone, we really don’t know what tomorrow brings.
We may not all be Gord Downie. In fact, there will only ever be one of him. But there will also only ever be one of you, too. And even though you or I may never be performing to thousands (although never say never!) we can still create experiences, make moments that matter, and impact others. And maybe that is what leaving a legacy is all about.
Allow yourself to create, and enjoy, your experiences this week. “Let’s just see what tomorrow brings.” Because you never know.
Life is about experiences. Making moments that matter. Impacting others in a meaningful way. Leaving a legacy. (Click to tweet it out!)
Have a Fab week! .
P.S. Although I will be sharing this officially with all y’all next week, MARK YOUR CALENDARS for another experience you are not going to want to miss… Women Living Big – LIVE on Oct. 28th! And our inaugural year’s theme is ‘Take the Leap!’ Are you ready to TAKE THE LEAP out of your comfort zone and into your biggest life? JOIN US!
And, as per usual, I want to hear from YOU! How will you create and enjoy an experience this week? Leave your thoughts below :-).