Do you have one? Do you have that one song you can always turn to for inspiration, fortitude, or calm reflection? If not, think about that today. What is your song?
Although this is naturally not as important as figuring out your passions and taking the plunge, music can be one of the many supporting characters in your life’s story helping to get you where you want to go. In my case, I turn to different songs for different occasions.
Morning Alarm Clock
I love waking up in the morning to Jimmy Cliff’s “I Can See Clearly Now”. First of all, almost any music is better than a rhythmic beeping sound. But I always wake up with a smile on my face when this song starts playing. The song has a very positive message and metaphorically fits with what I’m trying to do. I do see more clearly now that the rain is gone, where the rain was all the things preventing me from living the kind of life I wanted to live. And yes, now it is going to be a bright, sun-shiny day!
Courage and Strength
If I am about to do something difficult, like take a test or give a speech, I have another song that I turn to. Yes, I grew up in the 1980’s and I grew up watching the Rocky movies over and over again. So I turn to the Eye of the Tiger in these difficult situations. In college I would listen to this song before every test to psych myself up for the upcoming challenge. This song puts me in the right frame of mind to be more self-confident for the challenge ahead.
In this current adventure of mine, especially in the lead up to quitting my job and taking the plunge into a happier and healthier life, Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” was my anthem. It still is. I like the way the song sounds, and the message behind it. It’s my life, it’s now or never, I’m not going to live forever, etc. The theme of the song and the lyrics resonated perfectly with what I was setting out to do. When I hit a roadblock or negative thoughts started swirling around in my head on a bad day, I played this song and it reminded me of the big picture and what I am trying to do with my life.
Finally, I have an overarching song that fits with my life and the goals in my life. My ultimate goal in life is to give the planet back more than I take from it. I have a very idealistic point of view when it comes to my world view. Thus, John Lennon’s Imagine is the song I turn to for inspiration and grounding in life.
What are your anthems or special songs? Please share the song and why in the comments below!