‘Post Traumatic’ EP by Mike Shinoda

Place to Start

I don’t have a leg to stand on

Spinning like a whirlwind nothing to land on

Came so far never thought it’d be done now

Stuck in a holding pattern waiting to come down

Did somebody else define me

Can I put the past behind me

Do I even have a decision

Feeling like I’m living in a story already written

Am I part of a vision / made by somebody else

Pointing fingers at villains but I’m the villain myself

Or am I out of conviction with no wind in the sail

Too focused on the end and simply ready to fail

Cause I’m tired of the fear that I can’t control this

I’m tired of feeling like every next step’s hopeless

I’m tired of being scared what I build might break apart

I don’t want to know the end, all I want is a place to start




Over Again

Sometimes / sometimes you don’t say goodbye once

You say goodbye over and over and over again

Over and over and over again

Sometimes / sometimes you don’t say goodbye once

You say goodbye over and over and over again

Over and over and over again


It was a month since he passed / maybe less

And no one knew what to do / we were such a mess

We were texting / we were calling / we were checking in

We said we ought to play a show in honor of our friend

Well now that show’s finally here / it’s tonight

Supposed to go / to the bowl / get on stage / dim the lights

With our friends / and our family / in his name / celebrate

There’s no way that I’ll be ready to get back up on that stage

Can’t remember if I’ve cancelled any show

But I think about what I’m supposed to do and I don’t know

Cause I think about not doing it the same way as before

And it makes me wanna puke my fucking guts out on the floor

We rehearsed it for a month / I’m not worried about the set

I get tackled by the grief at times that I would least expect

I know what I should be doing when I’m singing but instead

We’ll be playing through a song and I’d remember in my head


Sometimes / sometimes you don’t say goodbye once

You say goodbye over and over and over again

Over and over and over again

Sometimes / sometimes you don’t say goodbye once

You say goodbye over and over and over again

Over and over and over again


What (are) they saying, I’m not raw?

What the fuck you take me for?

All the sudden you hear what I’ve said a hundred ways before?

I been pushed, I been trapped

Drug myself through hell and back and

Fallen flat and had the balls to start it all again from scratch

How do you feel / how you doing / how’d the show go?

Am I insane to say the truth is that I don’t know

My body aches heads spinning this is all wrong

I almost lost it in middle of a couple songs

And everybody that I talk to is like, “wow Must be really hard to figure out what to do now”

Well thank you genius / you think it’ll be a challenge

Only my life’s work hanging in the fucking balance

And all I wanted was to get a little bit of closure

And every step I took I looked and wasn’t any closer

Cause sometimes when you say goodbye yeah you say it

Over and over and over and over




Watching As I Fall

Excuse me while I kiss the sky

Sing a song of sixpence / pocket full of lies

Thinking I’m OK but they’re saying otherwise

Tell me how I look but can’t look me in the eyes

Watching as I say this and then I do that

Telling them the old words but in a new rap

Then I change my mind up and make them lose track

Shit I’m inconsistent I thought you knew that


Maybe I should be more grateful

That I had to watch it all come undone

Holding so tight to the edge is painful

But I can’t ignore it I know


They’re watching as I fall / they’re staring as I go

I gave until my soul hurt / and never told them so

They’re watching as I fall / to somewhere down below

But maybe I’m just falling / to get somewhere they won’t


Excuse me while I sympathize

Singing with the fat lady tell me what’s the time

You know what it is not afraid to cross the line

Nothing is forever don’t be mad at the design

Ask me if I can / I say I don’t know

And honestly I buy that I can sound cold

Still upset from shit that’s 15 years old

I don’t know what it takes to make me let go


Maybe I should be more grateful

That I had to watch it all come undone

Holding so tight to the edge is painful

But can’t ignore it I know


They’re watching as I fall / they’re staring as I go

I gave until my soul hurt / and never told them so

They’re watching as I fall / to somewhere down below

But maybe I’m just falling / to get somewhere they won’t




Thank You Mike.

We Love You.

Nine Life Lessons from Tim Minchin

I’m not an inspirational speaker. I’ve never lost a limb on a mountainside, metaphorically or otherwise. And I’m certainly not here to give career advice, ’cause, well, I’ve never really had what most would consider a job. However, I have had large groups of people listening to what I say for quite a few years now, and it’s given me an inflated sense of self-importance. So I will now, at the ripe old age of 37.9, bestow upon you nine life lessons.

One. You don’t have to have a dream. Americans on talent shows always talk about their dreams. Fine, if you have something you’ve always wanted to do, dreamed of like in your heart, go for it. After all, it’s something to do with your time, chasing a dream. And if it’s a big enough one, it’ll take you most of your life to achieve, so by the time you get to it and are staring into the abyss of the meaninglessness of your achievement, you’ll be almost dead so it won’t matter. I never really had one of these dreams. And so I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you. You never know where you might end up. Just be aware the next worthy pursuit will probably appear in your periphery, which is why you should be careful of long-term dreams. If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out of the corner of your eye.

Two. Don’t seek happiness. Happiness is like an orgasm. If you think about it too much, it goes away. Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy and you might find you get some as a side effect. We didn’t evolve to be constantly content. Contented homo erectus got eaten before passing on their genes.

Three. Remember, it’s all luck. You are lucky to be here. You are incalculably lucky to be born. Understanding that you can’t truly take credit for your successes, nor truly blame others for their failures, will humble you and make you more compassionate. Empathy is intuitive, but is also something you can work on intellectually.

Four. Exercise. I’m sorry you pasty, pale, smoking philosophy grads, arching your eyebrows into a Cartesian curve as you watch the human movement mob winding their way through the miniature traffic cones of their existence. You are wrong and they are right. Well, you’re half right. You think, therefore you are, but also you jog, therefore you sleep, therefore you’re not overwhelmed by existential angst. You can’t be Kant, and you don’t want to be. Play a sport, do yoga, pump iron, run, whatever, but take care of your body. You’re going to need it. Most of you mob are going to live to nearly 100, and even the poorest of you will achieve a level of wealth that most humans throughout history could not have dreamed of. And this long, luxurious life ahead of you is going to make you depressed.

Five. Be hard on your opinions. A famous bon mot asserts that opinions are like assholes, in that everyone has one. There is great wisdom in this, but I would add that opinions differ significantly from assholes in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined. We must think critically and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the veranda and hit them with a cricket bat. Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privileges. Most of society’s arguments are kept alive by a failure to acknowledge nuance. We tend to generate false dichotomies and then try to argue one point using two entirely different sets of assumptions, like two tennis players trying to win a match by hitting beautifully executed shots from either end of separate tennis courts.

Six. Be a teacher. Please. Please, please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. You don’t have to do it forever but if you are in doubt of what to do be an amazing teacher. Even if you are not a teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas; don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn and spray it.

Seven. Define yourself by what you love. I found myself doing this thing a bit recently where if someone asks me what sort of music I like I say, “Well I don’t listen to the radio because pop song lyrics annoy me.” Or if someone asks me what food I like I say, “I think truffle oil is overused and slightly obnoxious.” And I see it all the time online, people whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the Liberal Party. We have a tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff. As a comedian I make my living out of it. But try to also express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.

Eight. Respect people with less power than you. I have in the past made important decisions about people I work with, agents and producers, big decisions based largely on how they treat the wait staff in the restaurants we’re having the meeting in. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there.

Nine. Finally, Don’t rush. You don’t need to already know what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. Don’t panic. You will soon be dead. Life will sometimes seem long and tough, and god its tiring. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad, and then you’ll be old, and then you’ll be dead. There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is fill it. Not “fillet,” fill it. Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can. Taking pride in whatever you are doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running, being enthusiastic, and then there’s love and travel and wine and sex and art and kids and giving and mountain climbing. But you know all of that stuff already. Its an incredibly exciting thing. This one meaningless life of yours. Good luck, and thank you for indulging me.


Transcript made from a video by Word Porn.

What’s Next

We were wanderers from the beginning.

We knew every stand of tree for a hundred miles.

When the fruits and nuts were ripe, we were there.

We followed the herds in their annual migrations. We rejoiced in fresh meat.

Through stealth, feint, ambush and main force assault. A few of us co-operating accomplished what many of us each hunting alone, could not.

We depended on one another.

Making it on our own was as ludicrous to imagine as was settling down.

Working together we protected our children from the lions and the hyenas.

We taught them the skills they would need, and the tools.

Then, as now, technology was the key to our survival.

For 99.9% of the time since our species came to be we were hunters and foragers, wanderers on the Savannahs and the steps.

There were no border guards then, no customs officials, the frontier was everywhere.

We were bounded only by the earth, and the ocean, and the sky.

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I don’t believe in the word procrastination. Like, I don’t really believe in that word. I told a young lady in Australia who told me she was a procrastinator, I said look, “If I told you to meet me here tomorrow at five a.m. and I am going to give you three million dollars, where would you be?” She said, “I would be right there at four fifty-nine ready to get that three million dollars.” And I said, “So then, there is no such thing as procrastination. What it is is, it’s not important to you.”

Right? It’s not meaningful to you, its not something thats urgent to you. And when something is not urgent you put it off. So yep, you’re in school, yes. You probably are getting grades, etc., but if its not meaningful to you, if its not important to you, then you are not going to make it a priority.

So what you have to do is find out how can you make it meaningful? How can you make it purposeful, how can you make it stick? And when you can find that out, I promise you, you will get up early, you will get there first and you will do whatever it takes to make that goal a reality. So for me, no such thing as procrastination. Its such a thing as, its not a priority to you.

You said you were going to graduate this year, you were going to finish college this year, you said you were going to run a marathon, right? This is what you said out of your mouth. All I am doing is I’m saying — listen to me, I’m not telling you what to do. I’m not telling you you should do this, you should do that, you should do this, I didn’t tell you all year what you should do. But what I did tell you is don’t talk about it, be about it.

You should be tired. Alright? You should be tired of talking about it and you should be at a place where you do something about it. Alright

The reason why you have not become successful, the reason why you are not like a locomotive, the reason why you are not having success in your life, is because every single day you got an excuse. And I need you to do me a favor — I made my last excuse yesterday. My last reason, I came up with my last reason yesterday of why I can’t do what I’m suppose to do. And so, I need you to do me a huge favor, all your excuses, all your good reasons, everything that is keeping you from doing what you are supposed to do, I need you to put it behind you and say, “Yesterday was the last day for that foolishness.”

Yesterday was the last day to say I don’t have money to do this, I don’t have enough money to go to school, I don’t have enough money to get a computer, I don’t have what it takes, I’m not smart enough, right, I don’t write well enough, I don’t sing well enough that’s why I didn’t do my cd, I didn’t write my book because I’m not on that level — Listen to me, you better hear what I am saying. Yesterday was the last day that I want to hear an excuse. It’s over with.

I was embarrassed, I said, listen to me: no more defeats No more defeats man, no more. I was tired of feeling defeated, I was tired of talking about I was going to do it and then do it, and I hated the feeling of when someone asked me “Yo E, where the book,” and I aint got it. I was tired of getting beat. I was tired of defeat. And I said “I’m going to get it done.”

Every time you set this big goal, you never get it accomplished because you never break it up into manageable pieces. This is it, I’m talking about procrastinators, you still have time. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. You still have time. You can do it, you can make it happen. But you can’t do it procrastinating, you can’t do it talking about it, alright.

So I just want to go back and recap because I want to make sure you hear what I’m saying — I dare you, I double dare you to do exactly what you said you were going to do when the year started because its not too late.


— Eric Thomas

Transcript created from a video by Chispa Motivation

Make Your Life Spectacular

You know,

as we come to the end of this phase of our life,

we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times.

And we find ourselves thinking about the future.

We start to worry, thinking,

What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?

But I say to you,

Hey, look at me. Please, don’t worry so much.

Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth.

Life is fleeting.

And if you’re ever distressed,

cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night.

And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me.

Make your life spectacular.

I know I did.


— Robin Williams

Transcript from a video by Goalcast.