Monday, 26 September 2011

Let It Shine

I've been thinking about this post for a while, but was inspired by this beautiful piece from Ginger Jumbles about restlessness to finally sit down, type some words and bring my thoughts to life.

If you're a regular reader you're probably already aware of the uncomfortable end to last year and the life changing start to 2011 as I took the leap and changed careers. It wasn't any easy step to take and took many long hours of thinking and I had to force myself to be brave and make the move.

I've had all sorts of support from family and friends. The minute I said how I was really feeling, I realised that I was not actually alone but there was a lot of love out their for me and I felt warm and secure in the arms and hearts of those dear to me.

Now, ten months on, my life is better than what I could have imagined it to be. It's had its good and bad days but on the whole I feel so much happier. Perhaps the most happy I've been in my adult years.

It may sound silly, but throughout this year, it has been these music and lyrics that on an ugh day (the name I give to days when you feel the whole world is up against you and nothing will go right) which cheers me up and gets me back on track.

Shine - Take That
You, you're such a big star to me
You're everything I wanna be
But you're stuck in a hole and I want you to get out
I don't know what there is to see
But I know it's time for you to leave
We're all just pushing along
Trying to figure it out, out, out.

All your anticipation pulls you down

When you can have it all, you can have it all.

So come on, come on, get it on

Don't know what you're waiting for
Your time is coming don't be late, hey hey
So come on
See the light on your face
Let it shine
Just let it shine
Let it shine.

Stop being so hard on yourself

It's not good for your health
I know that you can change
So clear your head ang come round
You only have to open your eyes
You might just get a big surprise
And it may feel good and you might want to smile, smile, smile.

Don't you let your demons pull you down

'Cause you can have it all, you can have it all.

Hey let me know you

You're all that matters to me
Hey let me show you
You're all that matters to me.

Hey let me love you

You're all that matters to me
Hey so come on yeah
Shine all your light over me.
 Lyrics by Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Steve Robson 

I'm not sure why this song helps to drag me out of a mood. There are so many other powerful lyrics and melodies out there but this really does seem to do the trick. The words just say exactly how I felt for so long (I was definitely in a big hole!) and how I feel on an ugh day.

I always find that if I put the CD on, turn it up and sing very loudly, my mood quickly changes and I'm ready to battle on. I've even listened to it on the way to work on days when I've woken up on the wrong side of the bed and can't really find the strength to pull myself together and get on with the day. Two minutes in and I'm skipping across the park!

I hope that the magic of this song will long continue as my life hopefully gets better and better.

Now I've shared my special song with you, do you have a special song that helps you get through those ugh days?


  1. Its wierd how songs can do that. Glad you are more settled in your life now and enjoying it. x

  2. Love those lyrics - definitely empowering.

    If I am having a bad day, I listen to Christmas music... even if it's July. I am not sure if it is the music that cheers me up, or my fellas covering their ears and yelling "aaargh! what are you doing?!? you can't listen to that NOW!" :)

  3. Love that song! And music is so powerful, it really has an impact on my mood. Glad things are better for you now!

  4. What a wonderful positive post. I'm so glad that your journey has carried you to such a happy place.

    I don't really have a pick-me-up song that I can think of - perhaps that's my problem:)

  5. Yey! So pleased for you :) Hoping things continue to get better and better. You sound in a good place :)

    The Sister Act soundtrack, and Reef- Place Your Hands. xxx