I added this song to my playlist the day it dropped, mainly because I’m a fan of anything Sasha Sloan does. It wasn’t until I was driving home after a Food Adventure with my best friend when “smiling when i die” came on and I REALLY heard it.
This is a song in the same vein as OneRepublic’s “I Lived“. A song that I absolutely love and was the theme to me deciding to pack up my entire life and move half way around the World.
Songs like this are a reminder that our time on this Earth is short. Take time to enjoy the things that make you happy, the people that bring you joy. When it comes time, I want to make sure that I have collected as many special moments and beautiful memories as possible.
Over the last 8 years, I’ve become a person that almost always says “yes”. A friend wants to catch up for brunch, “yes”. One of my favorite bands is coming to town, “yes”. There’s a sale on flights, “yes”. My Grandad once told me, “You can’t take it with you when you go, so you may as well use it now and enjoy life.” No truer words have been spoken to me.
In the 5 years that I have been living in the States, I have traveled and seen more of this country then ever. I have had the opportunity to travel to Canada (twice) and to the Bahamas. I’ve seen more concerts and stage shows then I ever thought possible. I’ve taken road trips to visit friends in other States. I’ve made friends that I know I will have for life. I’ve fallen in love. Most importantly I’ve learned to love, respect and value myself and my time on this Earth.
“smiling when i die” is such a beautifully crafted song. On the surface it appears to be a sad song (which Sasha Sloan is famous for), but it’s actually a song with so much depth and a powerful positive message. Take the time to listen to it, REALLY listen to it and then take the time to think about your own life and what brings you joy and happiness. Then start living your ONE BEST life.