Living Life Out Loud



“Maybe someday we’ll live our lives out loud, we’ll be better off somehow, someday…” – Rob Thomas

One day I was driving along listening to some of my favorite tunes and this Rob Thomas song came on. It’s called “Someday” and the line that talks about living our lives “out loud” really struck me. I remember thinking that’s how I want to live my life.

Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I’m living up to those lyrics right now. But then again, the name of the song is “Someday” so maybe it’s just a place I’m at right now, or a season I’m in.

What about you? Are you so busy homeschooling one or two or six kids that you barely have time to think of what you might want to be doing?

I don’t know about you but I get really frustrated with people who say “if you want it enough and work hard, you can have anything you want.” Because it’s just not true.

Let me say that again, that’s a whopping, big fat lie. Lots of people have dreams who work just as hard as the next guy and they will NEVER achieve their dream. They won’t appear on the morning TV shows or the late night TV shows talking about how they just worked hard and believed in their dream and *poof* it happened.

Life isn’t like that. For the vast majority of us, it’s just not reality.

So maybe, if we go back to the song lyrics at the beginning of this post, we need to realize that all we are going through to be the best parents we can be and all that we sacrifice as homeschooling parents is “living life out loud.” I don’t know. What do you think?

I’d really like to this to be a conversation and I plan to post more about these kinds of esoteric  topics because if you’ve spent more than five minutes on my blog you’ve realized that I’ve already covered every type of homeschooling style, how to teach practically every subject, and offered my personal recommendations on dozens of curriculum choices.

So I’m going to be looking at some other aspects of this homeschooling journey. I hope you’ll come along with me and add to the conversation!

And as always, if you’re ever in need of particular homeschooling advice, just e-mail me at or fill out the contact page on this site.

P.S. I really love the lyrics to “Someday” and this video of Rob Thomas singing it gave me chills. You might want to check it out:

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