In the last year, life has gotten pretty serious. I had many deaths in my family that brought me down so extremely low. I’ve worked and worked and worked to prepare for my future. As a person, a human being, I have been up and down, and up and down. And I have become passionate about many things that can be considered controversial. I have written a few blogs about controversial issues such as female reproductive rights, gun laws and safety, and politics. After Robin Williams’ passing and finding out a past teacher of mine passed from suicide, I started thinking about writing about depression. BUT I changed my mind! I want to write about something happy. I want to write about things that make me happy, that keep me going, and get me through some of those hard days we all have.
One of my favorite songs is “Happy” by Pharell Williams. Yes, it’s overplayed. But honestly, it does make me happy. I introduced my mom to the song and she immediately loved it as well. We were talking over dinner one night about antidepressants and suicide and how some people just get rundown in this world. One thing she does everyday is listen to the song “Happy.” She said “some people take antidepressants, I listen to “Happy” everyday on my way to work.” And I could think of a TON of songs that really do make me happy. Music is a huge part of my life. I grew up with music as a central part of the household due to my dad being a musician.
I could think of a million reasons to complain about in my life or things to get stressed out about. But like my mom said, I am choosing to keep my head up and to keep going because I have a lot to be thankful for. So, here’s my Happy playlist for the days that I need a push.
(in no particular order)
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake
“Dirt” by Florida Georgia Line
“Love on Top” by Beyonce
“The Man” by Aloe Blacc
“Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore
“Tonight You Belong to Me” by Patience and Prudence
“Dancing in the Dark” AND “Born to Run” by Bruce Springstein
“Three Little Birds” AND “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bob Marley
“Boom Clap” by Charli XCX
“All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the waves
“Chelsea Dagger” By The Fratellis
“Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire
“Move your Feet” by Junior Senior
“Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’” by Micheal Jackson
….and the list goes on.