Here’s the Thing…
The other day I was getting ready to do the dishes or something and I opened my Pandora app to play music. My boyfriend said, “do you have to listen to music whenever you do anything?”
Ummmm…..yes? I don’t understand the question.
I literally listen to music all the time. Even if I’m just doing something really quick, I turn music on. When I’m driving, it’s never silent (and don’t even get me started on commercials). When I shower, I put my phone in a little plastic bag and play music. When I’m doing something that requires more focus, I listen to classical music.
I am quite addicted to music (although I am not the best at discovering new things; shout out to my friends for keeping me cultured), so it is really no surprise that I have a handful of songs that are extra inspiring/motivational to me. Especially with the crazy year I’ve already had, I gotta have some songs that pick me up when I’m feeling down!
Here are a few of my top motivational songs of the year!
Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled
If you trust your rebel heart, ride into batte
Don’t be afraid, take the road less traveled
Wear out your boots and kick up the gravel
At this point in my life, I am quite literally taking the road less traveled. However, I think in the near future, it will become the norm. But for the time being, I have to be okay with doing something that not everybody understands and remain confident in myself + my dreams.
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Just a young gun with a quick fuse
I was uptight, wanna let loose
I was dreaming of bigger things
And wanna leave my own life behind
Not a yes sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was lightening before the thunder
When I was still working at my full-time job, I would hear this song and play out a music video that I made up in my head. It would go a little something like this: The song would start and the camera would be set on me, at my desk, looking out the window, and longing for something more in life. Although my depiction is probably (definitely) a little more dramatic than necessary, that is literally how I felt every day! I just knew (and still do know) that there is more out there than working at a job day in and day out that doesn’t inspire you. I am a firm believer that there is something out there that can inspire everyone to the max; we all just have to figure out what that something is, and that can be a scary process.
Daya – Sit Still Look Pretty
Oh, I don’t know what you’ve been told
But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world
Yeah, that is where I’m gonna be because I wanna be
No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty
You get off on your nine to five
Dream of picket fences and trophy wives
But no, I’m never gonna be ’cause I don’t wanna be
One of my biggest fears in life is plateauing; where I wake up one day and realize that I have been doing the same thing every day and have been living my life unobservant and passively. I constantly want to be seeking new experiences & adventures and I definitely don’t want to just sit still and look pretty at a 9 – 5 job.
Imagine Dragons – Whatever it Takes
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes
I cannot tell you how many times I have woken up & just thought to myself, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” But no matter how I am feeling, I always get up, get ready (even if I don’t leave the house) and do my best to be productive that day. Of course, some days are better than others, but the point is that steps forward are steps forward, no matter how small they may be.
Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up
I’ve been waiting on a sunset
Bills on my mindset
I can’t deny they’re getting high
Higher than my income, income’s bread crumbs
I’ve been trying to survive
The glow that the sun gets right around sunset
Helps me to realize
This is just a journey
Drop your worries, you are gonna turn out fine
I can’t even describe in words how much this song speaks to me. I often have freak out moments where I’m like, “Oh my gosh. My income is based solely on how hard I work and how ambitious I am.” What if I don’t have enough money to pay my bills? What if I have to go get an office job? What if what if what if?!?!? But then I take a couple deep breaths, realize that I am okay, and do my best to keep my head up + enjoy the journey.
Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it
Although slightly terrifying, I think it is so beautiful + amazing that our lives are literally a blank book and we can fill its pages with whatever we want. I don’t know about you but that gets me super excited! And the other thing is that making mistakes is okay. I know it can seem like you need to have it altogether all the time, but as someone who graduated college with a degree in journalism, went to work on a goat farm, got a job at Red Lobster, got a job as a receptionist, and now works as a freelancer from where I want, it is okay to not have a straight path. Sometimes it takes time to figure out what you want to fill your pages with.
Sugarland – Something More
Some believe in destiny, and some believe in fate
I believe that happiness is something we create
You best believe that I’m not gonna wait
‘Cause there’s gotta be something more
Every day that I would drive to my job and sit in the parking lot and prepare to sit at my desk for eight hours, I would think to myself, “Life is so short. And this can’t be how the rest of my life looks.” Well, sitting at that office job is not how my life had to look, but I had to do something about it. My life wasn’t gonna change on its own; no one was going to give me permission to chase my dreams. I had to intentionally decide that something was going to change.
Taylor Swift – Long Live
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life
Fighting dragons with you
I was screaming, “long live the look on your face”
And bring on all the pretenders
One day we will be remembered
This song is literally the opposite of plateauing. Life is never going to be easy or simple, but it’s all about the ride and the people you’re with. I don’t want to look back and think, “I wish I would have taken that opportunity.” Instead, I want to be standing on the other side of life, hand-in-hand with the most important people by my side and say, “look at all those mountains we moved.”
Andy Grammer – Back Home
So here’s to the cheap sunglasses
Red Bull and mini vans and
People who had your back when
The world didn’t understand
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have people who get you. People who will cheer you on even when you do crazy things like quit your job with no backup plan. The majority of the world may not understand what you are doing, but if you have a few who do, then that’s all you need.
Miley Cyrus – The Climb
The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to rememeber most
It’s funny because I used to listen to this song when I was in like 8th grade, and I would jam out to it. Now, listening to it when I’m 22 is a whole different experience. There is a lot of truth in this song, even if it is targeted to teenagers. If it weren’t for the lows of life, the highs wouldn’t be as significant. I’m probably going to get knocked down a couple times, but when I get back up, I’ll be that much stronger. And when I look back at my life, I’ll remember all the triumphs and struggles and know that I conquered everything life threw at me.
So That’s the Thing…
Music is what keeps me going! If you are looking for a little music motivation to get you through the week, there are definitely some words of wisdom in the lyrics of these songs!
What are some of your favorite motivational songs?