I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

from OneRepublic – Counting Stars Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

By violating the norms, the accepted practices of proper behavior, he gets a spike of adrenaline that comes with uncertainty, risk, and fear. The singer can better see why the standards are what they are by surveying them from across the line. Whether skydiving, scuba diving, or merely standing atop a tall building- you become aware of risk and reward.

Everything that could propel you to great success could also destroy you, and the thrill is in successful navigation.

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