While reading this month’s SELF magazine (cover to cover, per usual), I was very intrigued by a statement from their cover model, Zooey Deschanel:
“Everyone needs a theme song! It should make you feel like a million dollars.”
Nothing too profound – remember this Sometimes Healthy Blog doesn’t always run too deep. But nonetheless, I like her thinking. Shouldn’t we all have a soundtrack to our lives? Part of the reason I like running so much is that I get to listen to my music and pretend that I am awesome. There is no secret to my ability to run two hours on a treadmill. I just turn to the “Success is My Only Mother F**** Option” playlist on my ipod (quote from Eminem song – yes, I know, it’s classy) visualize my future full of awesomeness and zone out.
My Theme Song
Zooey’s theme song is “Friends of Mine” by the Zombies. Never heard it, but I’ll have to give it a spin. My “life theme song” certainly changes with my mood, but for the purposes of this exercise, I’ll pick one:
I had to go country for the life theme song, because country music reminds me of my roots back in Nebraska. This particular song stands for resilience, and I think it’s my most important character trait. Granted, many of my life obstacles are self-imposed (remember the recent kitchen flood?), but no matter how bad it seems, I always seem to be able to dig myself back up to the top. So whenever I’m feeling just a little discouraged, I turn on this song.
My recent marathon was an example of me remembering how to “stand.” 12 months before, I had all but given up on my dreams of living in NYC and was ready to throw in the towel and move home. But I took matters into my own hands, got a new job, got back into shape and capped it off with a marathon. 26.2 never felt so good :-).
My Supporting Soundtrack Songs
Sometimes a Girl’s got to be Lazy
Alas, life is not always butterflies, rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes I just don’t feel like standing, and I choose to lay down and bond with the couch monster. On days like this, I play Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song to remind myself it’s okay to kick up the feet and chill out. Just because some people like to “go go go” doesn’t mean I can’t revel in my laziness every now and then.
Sometimes a Girl’s got to Rock out on Her Walk to the Subway
The song I choose to listen to on my subway walk definitely varies with my mood/amount of sleep. However, since I moved here, there’s always been one special song that never fails to motivate me for the day ahead. KT Tunstall’s, “Suddenly I See.” Coincidentally (not), it’s the opening scene of my favorite NYC movie, Devil Wears Prada. What can I say? I love a good chick-flick and this one’s as good as they come. PS- Anne Hathaway’s character in this movie was a journalism major at Northwestern. Coincidence? I think not…
Sometimes a Girl’s Gotta Kick Herself in the A**
I alluded to this song in the beginning of this post. The title of my Marathon Playlist is actually a quote from Eiminem’s “Lose Yourself.” It is explicit, angry, hard core and straight to the point. And sometimes when I run, I just need to tell myself to shut up, lose myself “in the music” and just do it. This song is all about getting your “tunnel vision” on, and I always listen to it at some point in the last mile of my run.
Sometimes a Girl’s Gotta Get A Little Homesick
Any frequent reader of my blog probably knows about this Sometimes Healthy Girl’s love and loyalty for my hometown, Omaha (otherwise known by many as O-Town). The older I get, the greater my appreciation increases for the place where I grew up. My family actually moved to Omaha from Chicago when I was four, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if we had stayed in Chicago.
I love New York as much as a girl can possibly love this crazy city, but I always say my heart belongs to Nebraska :-). It’s where I became who I am today, where my family and friends live and where I want to one day raise my own children. I’m going home for a full week in July, and since it’s been 8 months, I’m very excited. But whenever I miss Omaha, I play Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and it takes me back (the mother in this song DEFINITELY reminds me of my own mother)
Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Dream About Her Fairytale Ending
I don’t discuss my love life too much here on the Sometimes Healthy Living Blog. Alas, that is because it has been rather uneventful these past couple years. On the plus side, that means my life has been absent of the additional stress I cause myself when over-analyzing and picking apart every word from a guy’s mouth/text/instant message. And as you all know, I have enough stress all by myself :-).
But one day, hopefully for Sometimes Healthy mom’s sake, sooner rather than later, I will meet my perfect cowboy and ride off into the sunset. When the dream seems a little far away, I listen to Braid Paisley’s, “Then.”
Indeed, one day, a very lucky guy will get to take on the personality that makes up this Sometimes Healthy Girl, and when he does, I’m hoping we’ll have a classic love story, just like in this song. What can I say? I’m just an old-fashioned “country girl” trying to live a simple life 😉 (Given that my target audience is largely female, I don’t expect my cowboy to be reading this blog right now, but ya never know – if you are Mr. Cowboy, please email me at [email protected] ASAP)
So there ya have it! You know have a soundtrack to my Sometimes Healthy, Always Nutty Life. Download them and think of me, pretty please. Trust me, there are plenty more theme songs, but this post is already long enough.
Now it’s your turn.
Tell me your theme song? And tell me why it’s your theme song. I’m always looking to bring more music into my life.