Find Your Anthem
Do you have a song you play when you want to shift your mood, raise your energy and give yourself a boost?
A tune that, when you play it, reminds you that you ARE the Hero/Heroine in your story.
Beautiful, badass, bullet-proof.
This my friend, is your anthem.
Recently I watched the Dolly Parton documentary on Netflix, Here I Am. Wow. I'm not a country music fan, but I was blown away by this amazing woman's talent, warmth, and most of all, grit. While she's famous for being uber blonde and buxom, beneath the bombshell appearance lies depth, creativity, intelligence and a whole lot of drive. She's a prolific songwriter, having written over 3000 songs in her career. She's still selling out stadiums in her seventies. She sings from the heart, straight into people's souls.
After hearing the song Nine to Five played in the doco, and discovering the cool story of it's origin, it's catchy tune and good vibes had me hooked. The next morning on my way to work, I plugged my earphones in and hit play. The feeling was electric. I felt like a character in a movie, blitzing through their montage scene. You know the montage scene... the one where they're doing what they gotta do to reach their goal, usually set to a pumping heart-swelling soundtrack. It gave me such a buzz, that I marched into the office, feeling energised and ready to serve.
I'd found my anthem.
Well, I tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen Pour myself a cup of ambition Yawn and stretch and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumping Out on the street, the traffic starts jumping With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5
Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living Barely getting by, it's all taking and no giving They just use your mind, and they never give you credit It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
As I was googling the lyrics, I discovered that Dolly recently revamped the working person's anthem to inspire a new era of entrepreneurs - the 5 to 9'ers! The peeps like me, who as well as having a day job, are working towards turning their passion into their full-time purpose.
Well you got dreams and you know they matter Be your own boss, climb your own ladder That moment's getting closer by the day
And you're in the same boat with a lotta your friends Launching ideas you all believe in The tide's gonna turn, and it's all gonna roll your way
I was showing up in a different way, ready to find greater meaning in a role that may not be my dream job, but is helping me move a little closer to a life of simple soulful living. A bridge job, as Lacey Phillips and the TBM team call it. The beat lifted my spirits, the lyrics spoke to where I'm currently at, and the soaring chorus inspired me to keep moving forward on the path.
This has become a part of my workday morning routine. It's transforming the way I feel about my 9-5, and upgrading my energy levels and mindset to support me with my longer term dream - of making my 5-9 my 9-5. If we gotta do the 9 to 5 thing for a little or long while, then we may as well rock it and show up with sass.
A Song For Every Season
The right piece of music can lift you out of the grey fog and connect you to feelings of hope, optimism, self belief and joy.
When you look back on your life, can you remember those songs that've supported you through:
A break-up (or many)
A fresh romance
A new job
That great summer
Smashing a fitness goal
A rock bottom
Grief or loss
That party you'll never forget
Sometimes, music can express all those powerful emotions and heartfelt longings that we find hard to articulate.
Music as Therapy
I was chatting with my colleague and pod buddy, when he mentioned he was feeling really good and had his mojo back after a few weeks of feeling flat. I was curious to know the cause of the shift, and was delighted with his response...
I found this song yesterday. I think I listened to it like 10 times. I actually went to bed, excited to wake up and listen to it.
While this is a funny little anecdote from my work buddy, there is a growing body of research that supports music as a form of psychological therapy. We know a good song can elevate our mood. We've all felt the elation and warm fuzzy feeling after listening to a great tune. Now, the medical world is catching up with what our souls have known for years. Music is being used in clinical settings to treat patients suffering from depression, fibromyalgia and Parkinson's disease.
Playing a song that's linked with a happy memory/great time of our life can allow us to feel those positive emotions again. It can positively influence our attitude and perspective, and help us to tap into feelings of hope and optimism. It can help us to reframe current situations, that may not be so ideal.
Thinking about the current season of your life....
What song lifts your spirits?
What piece of music from your past are you excited to hit play on again?
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