LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” was playing while I was at the laundromat yesterday. The lyrics have been troubling me ever since.

“How do I get through one night without you?
If I had to live without you
What kind of life would that be?

Oh, I, I need you in my arms, need you to hold
You’re my world, my heart, my soul and if you ever leave
Baby you would take away everything good in my life
And tell me now”

You know how you live? You get out of bed every day. You go to work or volunteer or take a class or have coffee with friends. You do whatever it is that fulfills YOU. You live your life because that’s how it works. No one else can be your “world, heart and soul.”

And let’s not get to this point in the first place, OK? Please don’t ever stop considering your own needs. Here’s the hard truth: Your kids are going to grow up. Your friends might move on. Your significant other could even leave. If you don’t know how to live with yourself, those things are going to hurt much more.

Ironic, though, that LeAnn sang this weepy song, yet she’s the one who cheated on her husband and left.

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