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The nature of people's mental (or spiritual, if that's your kind of thing) energy is often described through the metaphor of a battery. The phrase "recharging my batteries," for example, makes this idea explicit. It imagines a store of energy inside us, that fills and depletes according to the goings on in our lives. Some activities consume this energy, some fill it back up. If I work a job I hate, I leave work feeling drained. If I spend time with someone I love, I leave feeling refreshed and happy. That's the idea.
Among other things, this song is my challenge to that metaphor. I try to avoid thinking of myself as a battery. If I do, I resign myself to feeling drained when I am drained, I depend on outside sources of energy to fill me back up. It leaves my will and energy to the whims of the world outside of me, to circumstances out of my control. Instead, I think of myself as a piece of wire in a circuit, or a pipe in a plumbing network. Energy/water flows through me, according to how conductive I am, how open I am. The source of the energy is always present. The reservoir is still outside me, but it doesn't come from any particular person, activity, or event. It doesn't rely on any materialistic, external factor. If I feel drained, it is because I am disconnected from that source. If I want to feel energized again, I open myself up and let flow into and out from me. To be possessive of this energy, to try to hold it inside and own it, only serves to constrict this flow. There's no reason to think that way. No reason not to share it with others. As long as I can connect to the source, I will never run out. This new mental paradigm has been the vehicle of an immense, positive shift in my mental health and life in general. I encourage you to try it out. The stories we tell ourselves have power.
My mom and my dad are MIT grads
I guess they could have been harder on me
Having kids these days amounts to cruelty
I do not contain but I conduce, see
I am never full nor ever empty
The contents of the current do not belong to me
I hope that I can
in being who I am
grow into an appropriate legacy
And let my youth be what it was
I carry it with me because
It doesn't weigh me down, it becomes