Happy Monday Sunbeams!
Everyone and anyone can be a sunbeam - that ray of light bursting through the grey of a cloudy day. I know a lot of my pals get affected by the Monday feeling, having a couple of days off then going back to work but with my sporadic schedule some days I don't even know what day it is! However I notice the statuses and tweets that aren't the cheeriest they could be so I've made a Monday Motivation playlist 😊
Every morning, yes EVERY morning I put on a get-up-and-go jam and dance around my room. I have always had trouble with sleeping and nightmares which in the first instance of waking could lead to me having a rather sucky day. Rather than letting things happened hours before affect the hours ahead, as soon as I open my dusty eyes, I grab my phone, power up my Spotify, scroll through my playlist and put on one heck of a jam to get me out of bed with a spring in my step. My playlist consists of about 60 songs but these five are my certified winners:
1.Happy - C2C ft Dean Martin
Its in the title! I first hears this song after seeing Keone and Mariels choreo on the Urban Dance Camp YouTube since then its been a firm favourite on my sunbeam playlist.
2. Crush - Lyons and Pakchar ft Mykal Kilgore.
Mykal Kilgore is without a doubt one of the best vocalist of this generation. Paired with the talents of NMT duo Lyons and Pakchar on their MT/Pop/R'n'B album #Love, this song speaks to 14 y/o me so loudly I just have to wake the neighbours wailing to this in the morning.
3. Bad Blood - Postmodern Jukebox ft Aubrey Logan
I had to put one of my 10ish fave PMJ tracks on here but it was just so hard to pick. However the range on this woman, sprinkled with PMJs classic jazz transformation and a trombone literally chucked in for good measure this one has to make the list. When did you ever think you would hear a sassy woman sing a Kendrick Lamar rap this incredibly?
4. Kiss - Prince
My second favourite song in the entire world (Kiss from a Rose - Seal is number one if you were wondering) this song can make anyone feel crazy sexy cool. I usual like to go full hairbrush mic mode, strutting up and down my room in my pants and t shirt. Prince, you incredible artist, you - they truly don't make them like they used to. (P.S. excuse the weird video....Prince is too cool to have his original videos on YouTube - just enjoy the music!)
5. Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
Purely for its usage in Leslie Knope's political campaign for city counsellor (Parks and Recreation - possibly the greatest TV series ever, get to know) just calls you to get out of bed and seize the day.
(And of course, every good album has bonus tracks. Or do they? I haven't bought an album in years! Anywho - any upbeat number that has anything to do with Lin-Manuel Miranda would pop up here. Its All Happening - Bring It On and 96,000 - In The Heights are personal favourites, especially when you're a #rapgod like me.)
What are your Monday Motivation tracks, sunbeams? Any the same as me or have I missed some corkers? Music is such a powerful tool in effecting your emotions so let it start your day with happy feelings.
We all need to stop for a second close our eyes and breathe. Feel our chest expand and contract as the air floods and escapes our lungs. Feel the rhythm of the amazing muscle that is our heart pound in our chest sending bloody surging through our bodies. Feel the love in our soul for all things that we value both human or otherwise. Feel alive and capable of living an exceptional life, enriching both ourselves and others.
And that's all that matters. That we use the air in lungs, blood in our veins and love in our hearts to make this world a stronger, more united, brighter place.
I don't care what colour your skin is, where your from, where your parents are from. I don't care if you're a boy who likes kissing boys or a girl who likes kissing girls or someone who just likes kissing everyone. I don't care if you identify with being a man or a woman. It doesn't matter if you never finished secondary school or if you have a doctorate in Biomechanics. I'm not fussed who you pray to at night or even if you pray at all. You want to be a lawyer, a zoologist, a singer, a doctor, a pilot, a chef, a stay at home parent, a gardener, a teacher, well frankly my dear I don't give a damn.
As long as in the moments where our lives cross we treat each other with understanding and respect then we're all good. So you may have been brought up in an eight bed mansion with full housekeeping staff or you might have lived in a one bedroom flat with your eight siblings; none of that plays a factor in my treatment of you - if you're clearly elderly, I'll give you my seat on the tube - all the fundamentals don't matter. I'm just a human helping out another human.
We judge too often, too harshly and too ignorantly. I choose not to watch the news as I don't wish to just be shown parts of a story and to be told to feel a certain way depending on which channel its on. However in the days of social media its hard to miss certain stories. Cultural appropriation and racism, refugees and migrants, extremism and political injustices can sometimes flood my news feeds. But unless your views involve causing harm to a specific group of people, you are entitled to your own opinion and I will not judge you for that as I know if I was hurt you would help me; without wondering which parent is the black one or if me choosing my career over my relationship was a good choice. You are just being a human helping another human. No questions, no judgement, just love.
I know this is a lot of rambling for something that I see as simple. We are all humans, we are all alive, that means we are all capable of facilitating change for the better. Don't play the victim, help those who truly are. Don't point the finger, accept responsibility for your own actions. Don't ignore injustice, incite change.
Peel away the skin, take away the material aspects we are all pretty much the same on the inside so why do such insignificant factors affect how we treat others who breathe, sleep, laugh and cry just like we do?
Just make sure that everyone day you are a good human. That you are willing to help out all the other good humans out there. You should only ever look down on someone when you are helping them up. Because there will come a time when you will reach out and be thankful for the hand that helps you.