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Keep the Important Stuff, But Leave Out All the Rest

I just heard for the first time the song "Leave out All The Rest", by Linkin Park and I had to share.
 
The song made me think of my Jodi James who was killed in a car accident on September 5th.  She was a true leader and disability advocate who was willing to stand up for the rights of others with and without disabilities.  She sacrificed a great deal to try and make things better for people with disabilities in the state of Indiana.  But Jodi stood her ground and called for true empowerment.
 
Jodi's tomb stone reads as per her request: "I was just here for the party."  There is no doubt that Jodi James was here for the party, but the reality is she was here for quite a bit more.  Jodi lived a life that mattered, and she took every opportunity she could to ensure others would get the opportunity to do the same. To learn more see: Jodi James - A call for true empowerment  
 
 
 Jodi James headstone - picture of wheelchair and a ramp leading to heaven - Says I was just here for the party.
 
 
"Leave Out All The Rest"
By Linkin Park

I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
Cause no one else cared

After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]

Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shared what I made

I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]

Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well

Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory

Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well

Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are



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