Welcome back to Part II of my three part series on songs to help you endure! Part I was all about songs to help you endure through a tough workout and this post is about how to endure through day to day tasks, goals, and the curve balls of life:
All Things in Time by Jason Robert Brown: This song didn’t officially come out until this past summer, but I’d heard it at concerts before then as it was written back in 2012 I believe. It has been an anthem for me on days when my anxiety is particularly bad. I tried to find a favorite lyric to highlight but they are truly all stunning.
You Can’t Rush Your Healing by Trevor Hall: This was a song several of my favorite yoga instructors would play during their classes and I absolutely love the message of it.
Be Thou My Vision or Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing: I have a lot of hymns I love, but these two might be my favorite. The versions linked (just click on the names of the songs to get to youtube videos of all the songs in this post) are some of my favorites but there are MANY gorgeous variations. When life is overwhelming and I need to focus on what’s REALLY important I need lyrics like “Riches I heed not nor man’s empty praise” and “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’ve come”
Find Your Grail from Spamalot: Like I said in part one of this series, sometimes you just need smack you in the face literal lyrics for what you’re going through. Sometimes you just need a gospel choir telling you to get focused and go after whatever your goal is.
Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games: Oh man… hearing this song actually takes me straight back to writing my graduate thesis because I listened to this a LOT while writing and revising that… and that reminds me that I can do hard things. Plus, since it’s from the hunger games, it reminds me that at least I’m not participating in the hunger games so I should be ready to face whatever the day has to throw at me. Plus, it’s just a gorgeous song.
This Too Shall Pass by OK Go: This song is also deeply connected with grad school. I love the bridge that encouraged people to “Let it go” long before Elsa was on the scene… and sometimes that’s all I need to get motivated to do what I need to do is let that other crap go!!
Let It Be by Paul McCartney: How do you not feel just a little more hopeful after hearing this song? Extra love from this Catholic girl for the Mother Mary themes.
Get Back Up Again by Anna Kendrick from The Trolls Movie: Because sometimes you get what you need in the middle of watching a kids movie… and because I’ve actually started using this song to remind my little “fournado” that he can get back up again and try again and again even when he’s frustrated. It seems music motivates him too!
Go the Distance by Roger Bart from Hercules: Yup, another kids movie. But this is from my childhood instead of my kids’ and it STILL motivates me. My tasks aren’t always Herculean… but they can sure feel that way some days and this song just makes me feel re-energized to tackle some more.
Make Your Own Kind of Music by “Mama” Cass Elliot: My long time readers might already know that I’m a bit obsessed with the TV show LOST. That’s where I first heard this song, and it became a bit of an anthem for my “club LOST” group of friends. We’d sing it during load ins and strikes and it just instantly made me happy… and it still does. It also reminds me that my goals don’t have to look like anyone else’s… which is always useful…
Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons: I felt a little weird having Mumford and Sons on here twice (they’re the linked version for Come Thou Fount) but I just find this song so deeply moving. It’s from an album I listened to on repeat the summer I was engaged and it’s stuck with me as one of my favorite songs. Plus, I can think of few better lyrics to keep me focused on cultivating what matters than, “Where you invest your love you invest your life” It helps me find the love in the hard or daunting or overwhelming tasks and to ditch the tasks that aren’t somehow connected to a deep love of some sort.
What about you? Do you have a song that motivates you in your workouts? In Life? I’m finalizing my final post in this series which includes suggestions from readers and I’d love to add a few more suggestions! Feel free to send me a comment or an instagram message.
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