What One 20-something Thinks of 30.

I can’t get this song out of my head.  It’s called, 7 Years by Lukas Graham.  I usually don’t like this kind of music but the melody is so catchy and his voice reminds me a little of Michael Jackson – and who doesn’t like Michael Jackson?

The song is about Graham (I assume) growing up and the different stages of life.  At “7 years old,” he says, “It was a big big world, but I thought we were bigger/Pushing each other to the limits I thought we were even quicker.”  I love how he paints the picture of himself as an ambitious kid who’s learning and growing and looking up to his parents. 

Then, at “11 years old,” he starts learning even more about life and he starts, “writing stories,” which again I assume means his songs.  And this song definitely is a story, progressing every few years and mentioning everything he learns at different stages with a melody that has been an ear worm for days!

At this point, I’m hooked.  The melody is catchy and the message is inspiring and I feel like the momentum is building. Such a fun song to do the dishes with or play ukulele to.

Graham hits 20 years old and his “story got told,” and he continues to inspire: 

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure

Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major

In reality, Graham is 23, so this is his current stage and present message.  And even in other interviews he seems to have this same go-getter, positive attitude that’s really inspiring.

But then I hear it,

“Soon I’ll be 30 years old,” my ears perk up.  I can’t wait to hear what he’s going to say about 30, and I almost feel a bit of a mama bear instinct in me wanting to growl, “Be careful what you say, boy.”

But it’s okay, I think he’s got it.  At the very least, he’s saying what everyone generally thinks about 30:

I’m still learning about life [yasss!]

My woman brought children for me

So I can sing them all my songs

And I can tell them stories

I breathe a sigh of relief, “Phew!” Not so bad.  I love that he acknowledges that we are all still learning in our thirties, but that we also have experiences to pass on at the same time. This is exactly why I love this time of life and helping people navigate it.  There’s a lot we have to work with in this decade but also so much room for amazing growth and success.

But then I hear it,

“Soon I’ll be 60 years old.”

What?!  You skipped 30 years in there, Graham!  Is that what you think?  After 30 it’s just all the same until you’re 60? !

I calm down, mostly because the song is still going and I really can’t stress enough that this is a really catchy song.

I remember that he’s pretty normal – it’s what most people think.  And this is why I do what I do.  So many of us in our thirties are even guilty of thinking the same:  We get a job and try and hold steady until retirement and maybe then we can be happy.

Later, Graham wonders if he’ll find happiness or cynicism actually at 60 when he sings, “Will I think the world is cold/Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me?”

I guess, in the end, the song is a reminder to continuously wonder about life and try to keep friends and family close so you’re not lonely.  And even though I would have liked to hear what he thinks 40 and 50 are about, I know the song shouldn’t be 10 minutes long for good radio play. And, in the end, the song is mostly positive and has a cute storyline. 

I’ll give him a pass – even if I just can’t stop singing it!

Watch the video HERE to get this song stuck in your head too.

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