Of Stuff You Probably Never Heard Of
Hungry for connection.
Searching for inspiration.
In dire need of feeling like I am not alone.
Filling the void of emptiness that takes over my brain at 3 in the morning.
We’re all spirits having a human experience. And sometimes, you need a bump.
An elevator for the soul.
I started to put together a list of my favorite sources for pulling me outta the gutter and then I went for a run. (I just started doing the couch to 5k training app on my phone and it’s awesome!) And there on my playlist came one of the songs that always makes me feel amazing. That’s when I realized… I need to share a list of the more obsolete stuff I dig. So some of it you may know about, and some of it you may not.
But here ya go…
My top 5 go-to list of inspiring stuff you probably never heard of.
1. Heart racing rock n roll that appeals to the 15 year old in my soul.
Anthem by Rock n Roll Soldiers. We discovered these guys back in 2007 when we were filming bands for Rock n Roll TV. They recorded this song when they were like all of 18. Signed to Atlantic. Things went haywire as per usual in the record business…and boom. End of record deal by the time they were around 20. And nobody had even heard of them.
This tune makes me run faster, makes me believe in rock n roll and makes me wanna play my Les Paul on volume ten (or eleven if you’re a Spinal Tapper)! If you like this, you ought to go look up Pure Rubbish as well. Band out of Texas who toured the Ozzfest when the two brothers were 15 and 17. There’s good rockin’ sonics out there… you just gotta hunt it down.
2. Appealing to the more adult side of my soul is Amanda Gore.
I stumbled across her videos on YouTube and her brand of inspirational speaking is unlike anyone else. Aussie, bouncy, fast-paced, straight up, mountains of love and joy pour out of this woman. You cannot watch one of her videos and frown. It’s impossible.
3. When I feel the need for gentleness and poetic understanding of the human condition…
I pick up my battered copy of Diary of Anais Nin. (There are five volumes but you can start with any one of them.) These books have moved with us through ten moves because I refuse to part with them no matter how beat up they get. I bought them used at a time when every single penny counted and the words that flowed from within their crunched up covers made me feel like I’m not alone. I’m not the only one who thinks those thoughts. And that makes me smile.
Plus she is a literary genius.
4. But sometimes I just want to laugh at my own midlife crisis and be a couch potato.
That’s when I turn to telly. British telly! My fave not terribly well known show for that moment is Reggie Perrin starring Martin Clunes. It’s a remake of the old Reggie Perrin and it touches upon all of my anxious “what does it all mean” thoughts and pretend scenarios that explode in my head just like they do in Reggie’s.
5. Finally, if all else fails and I need to get a grip of my emotions, I use EFT.
Emotional Freedom Technique. It won’t cost you a cent and you can do it right now. Right this very second. I don’t know why it works so well. But it does. The tricky part is getting over my own anxiety enough to actually do it sometimes.
So what about you? What do you do when the darkness creeps in and doubt fills your brain?
I’d love to hear about your obscure sources for inspiration and enlightenment!
Tell me in the comments what’s on your top 5 list of things that I probably never heard of!