The past days and weeks have been tough for all of us. The coming days and weeks and months will continue to be difficult. But, we must continue on. We must continue to live our lives to the fullest.
So, I tried to make a start with that today. I had lots to do (and I’m still doing them) as I prepare to travel to Kansas tomorrow. I’m on my third load of laundry. I’ve made a pound cake. I’ve taken out the garbage and recycling. I went to the store for essentials…because a home without toilet paper is just sad. Now I’m working on packing up, finding black socks appropriate for my suit, and cleaning up.
The silence was getting annoying. It left me too deep in my own thoughts. I needed distraction. I turned on the music stations cable service provides. “Sounds of the Season” wasn’t going to hack it – I don’t like listening to holiday music until after Thanksgiving. It’s not completely unavoidable, but I’m not going to intentionally play that yet. (Though cheesy holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel are fair game – don’t judge.) Instead, I chose “Stage and Screen.” This channel has music from theatre and film. It’s a nice combination of show tunes and movie soundtracks.
What I learned is that it’s hard to get too deep in my own thoughts when I’m singing along to a song from a favorite musical. And, in fact, the day was a little brighter and my heart a little lighter. Who are those assholes who say the arts don’t matter?
I want to share with you some of my favorites. My hope is that they make your heart a little lighter, as well. Feel free to sing along, to move, to cry, to dance, to smile, to laugh. It helps. I promise.
See? Doesn’t that feel better?