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Video Recorded by Draymax in the Style of Janis Ian.
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Can You Feel It Round 3 Emotion : Envy Each day throughout a childs life helps to form his or her identity, yet there is something about the last fleeting days of childhood that cement the identity that has been formulating throughout their lives. At the age of 18 you are considered an adult, at least here in Canada, and this song talks about those defining moments before you take the step into adulthood. Throughout my entire life, I was always on the outside looking in. There was no formulative family upbringing, as I was shunned by my family pretty much from the time I could remember. My school years were lonely awkward years for me. I was far too tall to fit in with my classmates, and far to immature to fit in with those of my size. I was uncoordinated, tall, skinny, unattractive and all those qualities were constant sources of taunting from other children. I had hoped by junior high I would have grown into my body, but I just kept getting taller and taller. If that weren't enough I turned myself into a pariah by openly coming out as gay at 13. Absolutely any ideas of assimilating flew out of the window. I went through high school without a single friend, and if you think what is happening in schools now is bullying, try having done it openly forty some years ago. There was no haven, no safe harbour, not for me. I remember sitting and watching the other students and longed to part of a group, any group. To be invited to sit at a table, any table at the cafeteria, or not to be the resigned last pick when it came to forming teams. I remember how I envied the kids going to prom, an event I couldn't bring myself to go to. I remember sitting alone on the weekends with the only thing that made any plans with me...studying. This song, At Seventeen, was released when I was seventeen, and for the first time I felt someone understood me, and knew what I was going through. It was a song of utter truth in my life and just hearing it affirmed that I was not a pariah. There was at least one other person out there who was like me. From that point on I stopped being envious of others and concentrated on making the world envious of me. Okay, so the world as a whole, nor even a part, became envious of me. But I became a strong, self reliant, self assured man when I stopped being envious of others. And now sitting here in retrospect, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for choosing to read this note and listen to this song. I appreciate it very much.