Song of the Day: Rather Be

I’m at the age where logging into Facebook means being inundated by baby pictures and wedding announcements. Quite frankly, I’m 100% okay with that if it means discovering beautiful new music. Such is the case for today’s song of the day, which I found through a friend’s wedding video.

Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne is a fun, fast-paced and ridiculously catchy song, but slowed down, the sweet lyrics become even more apparent. Jasmine Thompson (who’s only 14 by the way. I mean, what?!) takes the song and strips it down to a beautiful acoustic version that is the perfect quiet declaration of love – when I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be. Love isn’t perfect, but it’s most important aspects are emotional rather than physical. This version conveys that in such a lovely way. I’m totally addicted

The Beauty of Letting Go…

You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”
― C. JoyBell C.

As the sunshine spilled down on me, it felt as if the warmth was melting away an iciness that had taken hold of my bones for far longer than I had realized. All manner of cliches that you hear about washed over me – the weight from my shoulders was gone, I felt as though I could breathe better than ever before, and I couldn’t seem to wipe the genuine smile off my face. In a single moment I felt as though I had been let free from a cage I had been trapped in for years.

Such is the beauty of letting go. It can be anything that is holding you back, but once you’re free it’s as if the possibilities are endless. In my case, as I imagine happens often, I didn’t realize just how much I was being held back. In an instant I realized that for six long years, this had always been on the back of my mind and holding me back in a way I never could truly see. It’s as my wise cousin said, “now you can truly move on.”

Now you can truly move on – what beauty there is in that phrase. Those words provided another light bulb moment. I had been holding onto this small what if chance for so long that it ruled my thoughts in a way that was ever present without being in the forefront. Coming forth whenever I deemed it convenient. Letting it go means never again will I fall back on that comforting notion.

For the first time in a long time, the possibilities seem endless. It’s as though the world was renewed just for me and there’s a whole host of adventures awaiting me. I’m excited to discover just what they are.

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
― Steve Maraboli

The Storm

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“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

―Haruki Murakami

Song of the Day: Manchala

I rarely listen to the radio these days, so most of the new music I get is from Apple’s iTunes and because of that, I rarely hear about new Hindi/Bollywood music. Yet, every so often I hear something that catches my attention. This one comes to me courtesy of one of my best friends. She regularly sends me links over email and Manchala from the film Hasee Toh Phasee was the one she sent most recently. I loved it so much that I’ve been listening to it non-stop since then.

It’s nothing revolutionary in terms of romantic Bollywood film songs, but there’s something so beautiful about it. It perfectly captures that feeling when two people are falling in love – the moments your mind wanders to that person and you can’t help but think of anything else. I love songs like this – sweet lyrics, full, expressive music and beautiful voices. I can’t help but smile when I listen to this and I hope you do too. Happy Friday!

Song of the Day: Charlie Brown

This weekend provided me with one of those eye-opening, clarifying moments (perhaps I’ll blog on this soon). Sunday was such a revelation to me that I went from sitting on my coach to running eight miles with the sun shining down on a smile that I couldn’t wipe off my face. I felt free – as free as I have felt in a very long time, and I had this song on repeat through my headphones.

Coldplay’s Charlie Brown is infectious. The lyrics may be hard to decipher, but to me it’s about freedom, happiness, and positive emotions – all things that I was feeling that day, and have been since.

My feelings are summed up perfectly in these lines:

Light a fire, light a spark
Light a fire, a flame in my heart
We’ll run wild 
We’ll be glowing in the dark

On Wanting More…

“Sometimes I feel like Robin from How I Met Your Mother,” is what my best friend exclaimed to me over the phone during one of our routinely long conversations. It was one of those ridiculous moments of clarity wrapped in a cheesy analogy with a sitcom character. Yet, I could relate so unbelievably well to that statement.

The character Robin Scherbatsky is a fiercely independent woman; a career-minded journalist who had never been in love when we are first introduced to her. There are a whole host of other things about Robin that I can’t relate to but those things above are what caused our “aha!” moment.

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