The song of October 1st, 2014

Hi there!

Today is the first day of October! I wanted to save this song for a special day. It’s not that October 1st means something in particular to me, but it seems like a reason to share a special song. It is Not That Far Away by Jennette McCurdy.

I can relate a lot to this song. When I was younger, I used to travel a lot, mainly because of competitions. My mother worried a lot every time I traveled, because it meant I would be far from her. She knew I’d be fine, but she told me there were many nights in which she couldn’t sleep.

One day, I found this song, and I immediately related to it. It was everything I wanted to tell my mom. Even though it wouldn’t keep her from worrying, it would let her know that I was happy with traveling, and that it was part of a bigger thing in my life. So I sang this song to her. She cried and hugged me.

I meant almost every word I sang (except for the part of Broadway), and I told her I was going to be fine, I was going to grow up and those days far from home would make me mature. But she’ll always be in my heart. “We’re miles apart, but you’re in my heart. I keep you with me everywhere I go.”

And I wasn’t wrong. What I learned during those days sleeping in hotels and other houses has become embedded in me; it is an important part of who I am now. I missed my home and my family, but I knew the reward would be huge. She knew that, too; that’s why she always let me do it. And so I told her, “we’re not that far away”.

I hope you enjoy the song!

– Karl

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