I think my favorite theme/message in all of literature, film, and song is Carry On.
There is something powerful about the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On”. It’s an old, probably somewhat dead meme on the internet, but the concept has been around much longer than that. There is power in the encouragement of “Take a deep breath and keep going.”
I’ve taken to writing things on myself in ink. Not to look nice, but because I need that encouragement recently.
Such encouraging quotes written include:
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Embrace the void. Have the courage to exist.
It’s good to be strange. Normalness leads to sadness.
You are filled with Determination.
We’ll Carry On
That last one is a lyric from the chorus of Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.
To all the former/current emos who may be reading this post, I apologize for bringing it up.
I love this song. I realize it’s about death and probably something of rebellion and the band who wrote it is long broken up
sorry again my emo friends, but it’s also about carrying on, despite how life throws wrenches into your plans, despite whether anyone believes you can do it, despite your dreams dying and your friends leaving you.
Also, it’s really upbeat and it’s kind of like Bohemian Rhapsody musically and there’s an amazing crescendo at the end and I could talk amazing music all day. Go listen to it. Seriously.
(While you’re at it, go listen to High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco. And Take Back the Night by TryHardNinja. And All Star by Smash Mouth. Maybe I just need to make a “Carry On” playlist and share it with you…)
A few of my favorite Bible verses have this concept of Carry On. Philippians 3:13-14. Isaiah 41:10. Philippians 4:6-7. To name a few.
And it is in those Bible verses and songs that I’m holding on to. When life happens, when things don’t happen as hoped, when I’m just feeling low, I hold on to the reassurance that God won’t leave me and that He has a plan for my life and what is going on now is part of His plan. I am right where He wants me.
God doesn’t want me to try to solve the problems myself. He wants me to do what I can toward them, yes, but I need to just trust in Him, keep calm, and carry on.
Carry On is a message of hope.
As I try to figure out life (not solve it, just figure it out) and figure out who I am, the message of Carry On is something that, well, keeps me carrying on.
Life isn’t always going to be hard. I’m not always going to be in a quarter-life crisis.
At some point, it’ll become a mid-life crisis, right? I’m not always going to feel like the world is crashing down on me. I’m not always going to feel lost and alone.
And very rarely is absolutely everything a mess. Usually, even if big things are horrible, there’s at something small to be happy about or something that can brighten your spirits a bit.
So keep calm and carry on. We can get through about anything. Humans are pretty resilient beings and with God’s promises and some good music, we got this.
We’ll carry on.