Songs for Sound Minds are our picks of the best music that uplifts, inspires and boosts mental health. Songs written as an anthem to overcoming the storms of life. The songs that give hope in those times when we are struggling. Our latest pick could very well have been written specifically for January. An antidote if you will to a month spent grappling with our extra ‘holiday weight’, body image angst and post-Christmas diets.
‘Get on With Your Short Life’ by Brian Kennedy
Celebrity awards season is in full swing and between the Grammys and the Oscars there are plenty of opportunities feel bad about ourselves compared to the ‘beautiful people’.
Many of us will have fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon and simultaneously wondered why our waistline isn’t shrinking. All in all it is not difficult to find reasons to be unhappy about who we are at this time of year.
Why do you have to waste time on your waistline?
Instead of committing to another fad diet or dropping your hard-earned cash on yet more clothes, we have another suggestion.
Listen to one of Ireland’s most under-rated singer songwriters, Brian Kennedy and his simple advice: get on with your short life.
You know you’re only dreaming
Accompanied by one of the catchiest of catchy tunes, ‘Get on With Your Short Life’ is a worthwhile reminder of how we tend to focus on the wrong things in life.
Clothes, looking younger and the aspiration to be like those on the red carpet can dominate our thinking. We end up tied in knots trying to be the version of ourselves we think will bring the most happiness.
The tragedy of it all is that we miss out on ‘this sweet precious time’ that is life. The time we spend pursuing the right shoes, new clothes and the ‘perfect’ waistline cannot be recovered.
It is time with loved ones, experiencing the joy and security of good relationships that is lost forever.
Stop daydreaming and get on with your short life
As Brian suggests, stop the ‘if only’ daydreaming and get on with enjoying this short life. You’ll be glad you did.