I am feeling hopeful today. Energized. I actually found myself in a good mood when I woke up even though I had a series of anxiety dreams in the early part of the morning/later part of sleeping. It helps me to have a routine still. My issues work better with routine. So I get up, I make a pot of coffee, I workout in the garage, make breakfast, shower, start my work-from-home day.
This morning I was even making jokes. A little apocalyptic humor about my loooonnnnggg commute from the garage to the bedroom/bathroom, to my “office” in the kitchen. My previous Los Angeles commute was just about two hours each way. In some ways, I’m grateful to not have that right now, but in some ways I miss it. I miss my audiobooks and podcasts. I miss the time by myself to think. So, I have to find places for that in this new normal. I’ve not sorted it all out yet, but I will. Routines help.
Writing helps, too. I think it is so important that all of us find ways to record this time. It doesn’t matter if you are a writer or an artist. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never put your thoughts somewhere outside of your head. Now is the time for it. Keep a journal, talk into your phone and record your thoughts. Tap them into the notes on your phone. Put up random thoughts on your Instagram or Facebook stories. Start doing morning pages. Collect them somewhere. This is history right now and our thoughts will matter. They matter now.
Sharing my Top 5 Music Obsessions help me, too. It’s a routine that I hope others are enjoying. I’d love to hear what you are listening to, and obsessing over – please share them in the comments.
Here’s mine today:
Top 5 Music Obsessions – March 24, 2020
1. “Displaced” by Azure Ray
from the album, self-titled (2001)
“Am I making something worthwhile out of this place?
Am I making something worthwhile out of this chase?
I am displaced,
I am displaced.”
2. “Tiny Vessels” by Death Cab For Cutie
from the album, Transatlanticism (2003)
“I spent two weeks in Silverlake.
The California sun cascading down my face.
There was a girl with light brown streaks,
and she was beautiful,
but she didn’t mean a thing to me.”
3. “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield
from the album, self-titled (1966)
“It’s time we stop,
hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?”
4. “Don’t Stop The Dance” by Bryan Ferry
from the album, Boys and Girls (1985)
“Mama says love is all that matters,
beauty should be deeper than your skin.
Living for the moment,
lips and lashes.
Will I ever find my way again?”
5. “Into Dust” by Mazzy Star
from the album, So Tonight That I Might See (1993)
Breathless and on again.
Beside me today.”
Top 5 Music Obsessions – March 2020