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Zach Sobiech

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Right now, you might have been confused based on the title. Because, yes, I titled this post ‘Zach Sobiech’. I sat here, trying to do a favorites of 2013 or my December Favorites. But something kept nagging at me, in the back of my head. I realized it was the music I’d been playing— Clouds by Zach Sobiech. And then I realized that one of the most significant moments in 2013 had been when I’d known about Zach Sobiech, and learned his story.

And then I realized it was impossible to do a favorites of 2013 without explaining Zach Sobiech. I just couldn’t. And I hope you find out why when you’re done reading this.

Zach Sobiech was a normal teenager, preparing to go to college and for his life ahead. He went for a run with his sister, came back, and his left hip hurt. After a scan, he was diagnosed with cancer. He tried all kinds of treatments and surgeries, but there was nothing left. He had months to live.

He didn’t mope, and he didn’t complain. Zach lived every day to the fullest. He experienced so much in those final months, including music. He wrote the lyrics and recorded Clouds an inspirational song that you can’t help but play again and again. The song immediately got a big audience, and tons of support from listeners.

Several choirs have sung his song in his honor– the largest one being 5,000 people at the Mall of America. People remember Zach Sobiech, not as ‘the teenager who died of cancer’, but as the guy who accepted his fate and lived his days to the fullest. His lyrics are below:

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore
And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
You were sitting there holding a rope

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

When I get back on land
Well I’ll never get my chance
Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
If only I had a little bit more time
If only I had a little bit more time with you

We could go up, up, up
And take that little ride
And sit there holding hands
And everything would be just right
And maybe someday I’ll see you again
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

 

Go ahead. Listen to his song while you finish reading. I’m waiting.

He made me realize so many things. About how good I’ve got it, and how I’m constantly surrounded with good. His story also helped me reflect about my life– and what I chose to prioritize and to live. He deeply moved me, and the name Zach Sobiech now meant something to me. 

I actually wrote this the first time I heard his song– all my thoughts unfurled.

                  I am drifting in the clouds

                  Up and up

                  My hand reached, as far as it could

                  Up and up

                  I found a lone star, amidst the clouds

                 

                  I held it softly in my palm

                  Its rays shone through my closed hand

                  It had burned bright for so long

                  So, so long

                  It had been a part of the sky

 

                  As I had been a part of the world

                  A part of billions

                  I was a star in the sky

                  Finding its way in the clouds

                  And I had discovered a way to be my own light

 

                  The world was water

                  Endless streams, flowing, floating

                  I had flowed, just like the star had shined

                  The water was ready to float

                  My time had come

 

                  I softly let the star free

                  Up and up

                  It had let go of the sky

 

                  One last glance, one last breath

                  Up and up

                  To the clouds, to the sky

                  I reached as far as I could

                  And then I looked down.

I just needed to put this out there, to put Zach’s story out there. I wanted to remember him, and in turn, look at the newly paved future. For Zach, it was the clouds. For me, it’s down the river.

-Nora

I do sincerely apologize for not blogging fashion/beauty related things recently, this makes two posts! I hope you all bear with me, I just couldn’t leave his story untouched on this blog 🙂 I promise a fashion/beauty related post ASAP, just leave a request below.

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2 thoughts on “Zach Sobiech

  1. I love that song!!! 🙂
    And for that matter, I love this post also. 😛
    Both were really inspiring. You just made my day, Nora girl. 🙂

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