Second Wind / Deuxième Souffle

I used to run about 30 years ago although I never did long distances and never thought about doing a marathon. But I do like the image of life being a marathon and not a 100 meter dash. I think anyone who has run long distances has experienced getting their second wind after hitting a difficult stretch where they feel like they can’t go any further. But they push themselves beyond their limits and…Suddenly they’re fine and ready to go much further.

That’s how life is sometimes. It seems to be all uphill, we can feel that it’s getting to be too much but if we keep going we suddenly break through and we find that things weren’t as bad as they seemed.

There’s a song by Billy Joel that captures this. The official title is ‘You’re Only Human’ but it’s commonly known as ‘Second Wind.’ It’s just a reminder that we’re only human and we make mistakes, it’s normal, that’s how we learn. So lighten up, learn from the mistakes and get on with life.

If you click the link on the song title you’ll get the background to this song. Billy Joel once attempted suicide and later wanted to write a song on the subject to help other young people going through difficult times.

Here are the lyrics:

You’re Only Human (Second Wind)
Billy Joel
You’re having a hard time and lately you don’t feel so good
You’re getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It’s alright, it’s alright, sometimes that’s what it takes
You’re only human, you’re allowed to make your share of mistakes
(You’re only human, ooo-ooo)

You better believe there will be times in your life
When you’ll be feeling like a stumbling fool
So take it from me you’ll learn more from your accidents
Than anything that you could ever learn at school

Don’t forget your second wind
Sooner or later you’ll get your second wind

It’s not always easy to be living in this world of pain
You’re gonna be crashing into stone walls again and again
It’s alright, it’s alright, though you feel your heart break
You’re only human, you’re gonna have to deal with heartache
(You’re only human, ooo-ooo)

Just like a boxer in a title fight
You got to walk in that ring all alone
You’re not the only one who’s made mistakes
But they’re the only thing that you can truly call your own

Don’t forget your second wind
Wait in your corner until that breeze blows in

You’ve been keeping to yourself these days
Cause you’re thinking everything’s gone wrong
Sometimes you just want to lay down and die
But that emotion can be so strong
But hold on ’till that old second wind comes along
(You’re only human, ooo-ooo)

You probably don’t want to hear advice from someone else
But I wouldn’t be telling you if I hadn’t been there myself
It’s alright, it’s alright, sometimes that’s what it takes
We’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes
(You’re only human, ooo-ooo)

I survived all those long lonely days
When it seemed I did not have a friend
Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my breath and face the world again

Don’t forget your second wind
Sooner or later you’ll feel that momentum kick in
(One more time!)
Don’t forget your second wind
Sooner or later you’ll feel that momentum kick in

Don’t forget your second wind
(You’re only human, ooo-ooo)

And here’s the video, you’ll get a kick out of the clothes and hair styles from the 80s:

Il y a 30 ans je courrais régulièrement mais je n’ai jamais fait de longues distances et je n’ai jamais pensé à faire un marathon. Mais j’aime bien l’image de la vie comme un marathon et  pas comme une course de 100 mètres. Je pense que ceux qui ont couru de longues distances ont expérimenté de trouver leur deuxième souffle après être arrivé à un moment de difficulté tel qu’ ils pensent ne pas pouvoir continuer. Mais ils se poussent au delà de leurs limites et…subitement ils se sentent bien et sont prêts à continuer.

La vie est comme ça parfois. Elle semble être une pente très raide et nous avons le sentiment que c’est trop, mais si on continue, on casse ses limites et on trouve que ce n’était pas aussi difficile qu’on croyait.

Il y a une chanson de Billy Joel qui capture cet état d’être. Le titre est ‘Vous n’êtes qu’humain’ mais c’est très connu par le titre ‘Deuxième Souffle.’ C’est un rappel que nous sommes humains, on fait des erreurs et c’est normal, c’est comme ça qu’on apprend. Ne soyez donc pas si dur avec vous-même quand vous faites des erreurs, apprenez de vos erreurs et continuez à vivre.

Les paroles et le lien pour la vidéo sont plus haut, vous allez aimez les vêtements et les cheveux des années 80. Si vous cliquez sur le lien dans le titre de la chanson vous pouvez lire son histoire. Billy Joel a fait une tentative de suicide quand il était jeune et  plus tard il a voulu écrire une chanson à ce sujet pour aider des jeunes qui passent  un moment semblable de difficulté .


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