Bravo My Life

Thursday, August 06, 2015


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At some point, people are too attached to a certain role they’ve played. Whether it’s a parent at home, a mother or a father; whether it’s a child in the family, a daughter or a son; whether it’s an employer or an employee at work; whether it’s a teacher or a student at school. However, sometime we forget, that before we’re somebody with a certain label, we’re just ourselves; a man or a woman. Perhaps, we’ve been living all this time while ignoring that. So, I hope that we can have a little break to ask ourselves: are we really doing okay? We only live once. And it’s too short to spend it trying to please everybody else but us. And I hope that we can have a little rest to appreciate the life itself, for the bravery that has overcome the hardships and led us to this moment. It only takes a minute. Just take a deep breath and get ready for another day to come. And I hope it will make us better, and keep us growing strong.

With a small hope that tomorrow will be a bit better. With love, even a tough year could be easily hung on to. Get up and take steps forward, the path you take is the right one.” –Spring Summer Autumn Winter, Bravo My Life

A song that brings great strength is a perfect choice for Growing Strong today. It’s a Korean classic titled “Bravo My Life”, performed by pop rock band, Spring Summer Autumn Winter (SSAW). It was first released on January 3rd 2002 as the lead title song for SSAW’s seventh studio album. This song was widely popular in Korean at that time, especially among people in their 40s and 50s, as they found the lyrics represent their emotions and give comforts toward them. The popularity of “Bravo My Life” made it SSAW’s signature and best song, even until nowadays.

"Bravo My Life" album cover - source: maniadb.com

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the life we’ve had so far. Don’t wait until we turn 40 or 50, because we might not get the chance to live until then. Just now, no matter how old we are, let’s take a moment to contemplate, as the lyrics of “Bravo My Life” bring us to take a look at our past, present, and future, respectively, in order to appreciate the life. “An afternoon after sunset, behind the steps on my way home. I lived my life poorly, and those days were filled with regrets. It wasn’t that good, but it wasn’t as bad either. An evening with no sunset, tomorrow will be a tough day too. Problems will always exist as long as we live in this broad world. But we take steps forward, and the path I take is the right one.” Take the past as lessons, make the present as chances. We’re right where we’re meant to be. For the future, let’s growing strong. “With a small hope that tomorrow will be a bit better. With love, even a tough year could be easily hung on to. Get up and take steps forward, the path you take is the right one.”
Everyone has their own weight and hardship living this life. Everyone has their own hopes too for their life. Our past might be not as colorful as we wanted it to be. There might be pain and heartache and regret and disappointment. However, we got through all of that. And here we are now. Without all of that, we might not be here. So, “lift up your chin and look at the sky, the birds flying across the clouds. Dust off your shoulders and spread your beautiful wings.” For life is beautiful at it’s time, when we embrace it with all the good and the bad within. The path may be rough now, and the road may be full of hurdles. But this too shall pass, they say. And they’re right. We’ve done it with our yesterdays. “Bravo my life, for the courage that have brought you this far. Bravo my life, for the courage that have brought you living this far. Bravo my life, for the sake of our splendid future.” For a brighter tomorrow, let’s thank the life for hanging there so far. For the sake of being a better person in a better life, let’s be grateful of life for what it is.

Ulala Session performed "Bravo My Life" on episode 180 of "Immortal Songs 2"

A performance group, Ulala Session, performed “Bravo My Life” on Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, during the 2015 New Year special episode with title “The Songs of Hope! Cheers, 2015!”. It was served as the final performance on that episode 180. The episode was aired on KBS television station on January 3rd 2015, and on KBS World channel on January 23rd 2015. Ulala Session successfully brought home the trophy for that very first episode of “Immortal Songs 2” in 2015 with their heartwarming rendition of “Bravo My Life”.

Lift up your chin and look at the sky, the birds flying across the clouds. Dust off your shoulders and spread your beautiful wings.” –Spring Summer Autumn Winter, Bravo My Life






“Hae jeomun eoneu ohu jibeuro hyanghan georeum dwie
(An afternoon after sunset, behind the steps on my way home)
Seotulge sarawatdeon huhoero gadeukhan jinan nal
(I lived my life poorly, and those days were filled with regrets)
Geuri jojineun anjiman geuri nappeun geotmando anieotseo
(It wasn’t that good, but it wasn’t as bad either)
Seokyangdo eobneun jeonyeok naeil harudo heurigetji
(An evening with no sunset, tomorrow will be a tough day too)
Himdeun ildo itji deuneobeun sesang saldabomyeon
(Problems will always exist as long as we live in this broad world)
Hajiman apeuro naga naega ganeun geotsi girida
(But we take steps forward, and the path I take is the right one)

Bravo bravo my life, naui insaenga jigeumkkeot dallyeoon neoui yonggireul wihae
(Bravo, bravo my life, oh my life, for the courage that have brought you this far)
Bravo bravo my life, naui insaenga chanranhan uriui miraereul wihae
(Bravo, bravo my life, oh my life, for the sake of our splendid future)

Naeireun deo natgetji geureon jakeun huimang hanaro
(With a small hope that tomorrow will be a bit better)
Saranghal su itdamyeon himdeun ilnyeondo beotil geoya
(With love, even a tough year could be easily hung on to)
Ireona apeuro naga niga ganeun geotsi girida
(Get up and take steps forward, the path you take is the right one)

Bravo bravo my life, naui insaenga jigeumkkeot saraon neoui yonggireul wihae
(Bravo, bravo my life, oh my life, for the courage that have brought you living this far)
Bravo bravo my life, naui insaenga chanranhan uriui miraereul wihae
(Bravo, bravo my life, oh my life, for the sake of our splendid future)

Gogaedeureo haneureul bwa changgongeul gareuneun saedeul
(Lift up your chin and look at the sky, the birds flying across the clouds)
Neoui eokkaee jamjago itneun areumdaun nalgaereul pyeolchyeora
(Dust off your shoulders and spread your beautiful wings)

Bravo! Bravo!”

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