Tedder wrote the song for his four-year-old son. In an interview with People magazine, he said:
"The whole idea, to quote the late great Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society, is very much 'carpe diem'.
It's absolutely universal and applicable to everybody."
"So for every day that you're on this earth, for every minute that you have,
the whole idea is doing nothing less than exactly what you feel
you're supposed to do and squeezing every last drop out of life every day,
regardless of the difficulties or trials that you face."
As with other songs on the Native album, Tedder drew songwriting inspiration from
where he focused on writing songs from the heart and from personal experience
• It was released as the sixth single from the album, Native (2014). It was originally
planned to be released as the fifth single off of the album in January 2014, but was shelved in favor of
Love Runs Out
The music video was released on Vevo and YouTube on September 25, 2014. It is directed by Noble Jones.
The idea was from Sophie Muller. The video is dedicated to a 15-year-old fan of the band,
Bryan Warnecke, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.