Earlier this year the world lost perhaps one of the greatest musicians, and men, to ever grace this planet. This man was known as Pete Seeger, and he had been a pivotal musician to many for decades. However, Pete was more than just a musician, he was an activist, a mentor, a father, a brother, a friend, a grandpa, and most importantly, one of the people people in America. Pete's legacy has left more than just great music and fond memories, it has left lessons which taught many a wandering soul looking for that home which they left long ago. I was one of them, and it was through Pete's words, examples and music that I learned some vital lessons. Though I could go on all day, here are just a few of them.
Thank you Pete for all the music, lessons, smiles and memories. You're missed, but not forgotten.
Do you have a lesson Pete taught you? Or a memory or special story that Pete is linked to? Feel free to share what you think in the comments below!
One of the most important lessons which Pete Seeger taught me, was to enjoy life, as you only have one of them. It seemed that no matter what this man was doing, he was enjoying it. This can easily be seen through his smile, which radiated wherever he went. Just that alone is enough to make anyone step back and examine life, and why you should enjoy it. Small things won't always matter, but what substance your life had, and how much you enjoyed it will.
you can make life what you want
Of course, this comes with boundaries, but take it as a general lesson. When you're a child, everyone tells you how special you are, and how you can do anything. As you grow, it becomes less true. This is not because you've become less special, just because you've stopped dreaming big. Life tends to get you down, and many people take that as failure. Pete taught me to always dream big, whether I'm 9 or 90, life can be changed.
Be kind to others
It's quite obvious that this man was nothing short of a regular mister Rogers. This wasn't because he let people control him or walk all over him, it was because he was kind to others. When you're kind to others, not only does it make the world a bit better, but people are kind back. Life is well too short for hatred.
Stand up for what you believe
Not everyone will agree with you, and they don't have to. When you feel strongly about something, you should voice that and follow it. Don't let your beliefs be stolen by those who are hateful, never let others silence your heart. Pete was a prime example of that.
People respond better to group acts over solo
When I was 16, I wrote Pete, expecting just the standard form letter and signature everyone else got. Well, the mail came one day and to my surprise, I indeed got the form letter, but with a special message written on it. Pete gave me the bit of advice that when breaking into the musical field, the audience is likely to respond better when you're in a group. I still hold that advice today, no matter how small it may be.
Banjos are basically the coolest instrument ever
It was no secret that Pete Seeger could play a mean banjo. Just by listening to him for a mere 20 minutes you will be mesmerized by how well this man could play. The way each note just flies out as quick as a shooting star, landing in your brain; it's banjo heaven. Hell, even just looking at a picture of Pete and his banjo is enough to convince anyone that there is no better instrument. It will also convince you to buy one. By all means do buy one, the world needs more banjo. Thanks Pete!