Kaya Mo Yan! : Songs That Will Help You Start Your Week Right
By Luanne Arevalo
‘Tis the season to be jolly!
…Or not. While many are already feeling the Christmas cheer, some of you may not be in the mood to celebrate just yet. We all go through rough patches in life, after all. You may be a student struggling to pass a subject or complete a thesis, an employee striving to meet deadlines or targets, a social media lurker who felt bad about the political posts last week, or maybe life is simply not giving you wins to help you feel good.
The only thing we can say is this: you can do it! And hey, we’re not the only ones who believe in you–Florence and the Machine, Gym Class Heroes, Shawn Mendes and more also have so much faith in you, that they’ve made songs about it!
Listen up and allow them to remind you that this rough patch is but temporary, and that you’ve got this, man. YOU’VE GOT THIS.
1. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder
If you fall pick yourself up off the floor (get up)
And when your bones can’t take no more
Just remember what you’re here for
Sports is always a good metaphor for life, and this song is a perfect illustration of that. Likening life to boxing, Gym Class Heroes and Ryan Tedder sing about giving it your best shot because it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Some people may be waiting to see you fall, but, hey, you’re the man. Heck, you’re the fighter!
2. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine
It’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa
Maybe it’s a sad past that’s haunting you and keeping you from moving forward. Take a cue from Florence and the Machine and shake it off. With a lighter baggage, you can move forward at a more fluid pace. Granted, it will not be easy, but it will be so worth it.
3. Anything – Hedley
A thousand disbelievers couldn’t keep me on the ground
I’ve invented a momentum that’ll never slow me down
Naysayers bringing you down? Well, to quote a line from this song, eff that. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. And believe us when we tell you that you don’t even need so many–a few loved ones who fiercely support you will be enough to counter the bad vibes brought about by a hundred thousand disbelievers talking you down.
4. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
If your plans aren’t panning out just yet, don’t fret. Keep going, keep trying. It’s okay to make mistakes along the way – that’s how you learn after all. Don’t limit yourself to what’s right before you, when there’s much more to explore up ahead.
5. Believe – Shawn Mendes
Everything is possible
It’s nothing we can’t do
It’s a wild and beautiful fire
And I believe in you
Yes, that song is from the Disney’s The Descendants and is a little cheesy. But, hey, if you want an ending that’s as happy as a Disney movie’s, then you gotta–yup–believe.
6. Brave – Sara Bareilles
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
At the end of the day, it’s your own courage that’s going to pull you through. While other people can cheer you on and boost your spirit, the decision to persevere could only come from you. The time to be brave is now.
7. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
I know it’s hard to remember sometimes
But you gotta keep your head up
“You are gonna turn out fine,” sings Andy. It’s great to be reminded of that, because when you’re all overwhelmed by the challenges right in front of you, it’s easy to forget that the rainbow comes after the rain. But how do you get from here to there? Gotta keep your head up!
8. Steer – Missy Higgins
But the search ends here
Where the night is totally clear
And your heart is fierce
So now you finally know
That you control where you go
You can steer
Got your bearings back? Yay! Hold on to that newfound confidence and use it to build your momentum and propel yourself forward. Keep your eyes on the prize as you maneuver your way towards your goals. There’s no stopping you now. Let’s sports-guy chest-bump to that!
What’s your Monday picker-upper song? Share it with us below!