If someone asked me to describe myself using a quote, lyric, or otherwise, I’d have to pick, “When we fall, we will fall together.” Why? Well, it’s not a very powerful nor well-known quote, to say the least. But, to me, at least, it has quite the enormous meaning. It provokes the idea of loyalty to the very end, loyalty to those who have been there the whole time; loyalty to those who deserve it, and the ever so rare quality of not giving up when things get difficult.
The quote comes from a song of the same name by a band called Streetlight Manifesto, one of my personal favorite songs by my favorite band. While it may not be a famous and renowned quote showing of the nobility or the philosophical views of the owner, it is simple and effective. I’m a strong believer in loyalty, no matter what the circumstances. Throughout my relatively short life, I’ve made strides to keep the relationships I’ve had since the beginning. Sure, things have happened and it hasn’t been the easiest thing to do; but it’s worth it in the end. For, as they say, when we fall, we will fall together. This is not to say that I’d blindly follow my friends, family, and what not, into something obviously wrong and unjust. I’d like to think that goes without saying.
When the journey gets tough, a lot of people like to give up and say that it’s not worth it, they like to take the easy way out. I know, from personal experience, that that’s not how life should be lived. As with all people, I’ve been down the road of not trying, of not living up to my potential. That road, easy as it may be, leads only to Disappointment Town, population: you. I’ve been told throughout my entire life that I have potential beyond belief, but I have a hard time seeing that. Though that may be my humility, the fact remains that there may be some unseen quality to me that has me set up for great things. Now I don’t know how I feel about that, but I’ve told myself time after time that someday I’ll do something great. Just recently I’ve had the epiphany that I’m not going to get there by just skimming by and doing the least amount of work possible. I’ve been doing my best to keep true to that realization, but I’m not going to lie; it’s tough. As with all things, greatness must someday come to an end, and when it does I plan on ending it with those who have been there for me the whole time, pushing me on, making me give it my all. For when we fall, we will fall together.
All in all, this quote, as simple as it may be, means the world to me. It exemplifies the loyalty I strive for, and the determination to the very end that I’m working my way towards.