Happy Friday everyone!
Yesterday was the third annual R U OK? Day here in Australia, a national day of asking a simple question with lifesaving potential. If you don’t want to follow the link, R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide national focus and leadership on suicide prevention by empowering Australians to have open and honest conversations and stay connected with people in their lives. The statistics for suicide and depression in Australia are astonishingly high (geographical isolation doesn’t help when people feel remote enough within a community) and personally, I have nothing but praise for the work that this organisation is doing to encourage us to simply ask a question and remind someone that we care about them. We may not even realise that we might just save a life.
I’m not here to preach though, not today! It’s a glorious Friday morning and the combination of sunshine and warm temperature is like a siren-call to this argonaut who is unfortunately bound tightly to his corporate desk and will not feel the delicious embrace of the Spring today. Nevertheless, it is Friday and there will be no mourning here!
We all feel a bit off at times. A little less than wonderful. I certainly do and there’s nothing wrong with that. When these times come along there are a few things I like to do to kick the blues. Sometimes it means getting out into the sunshine, heading to the park or beach to just get away from the rabble and clear my head. Sometimes it’s catching up with Wolf Brother and his partner or my other brilliant friends to share a laugh and connect with others. Sometimes all it takes is a movie or a song. Here are a few YouTube clips that help get my positivity-meter charged up again.
Songify This – Believe In Yourself
I cannot help but laugh and smile because of this kid. Even the original video is just awesome.
Jeffster – Africa (from the TV show Chuck)
This is totally me at karaoke. “Let the man have his dream.”
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
The beat and the lyrics just make me want to push through and get groovy!
Frank Turner – Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
It may not sound like it, but I find this song to be very strengthening. I’m a firm believer in taking responsibility for myself and my actions, and this song is to me as Piper Bayard so aptly put it over at Lessons From Teachers and Twits – a “loving ass-kicking”.
This is a brilliant tune to listen to to remember that we all have more in common than we think. When we’re being down on ourselves, it’s important to remember that we’re not as bad as we think and others aren’t as great as we might make out.
These are just a few of the many tunes that help get me into a much better mood. If they can bring a bit of sunshine to any of you then my work here is done. Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂
What sort of things help you get out of a flunk?