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I posted my selection of twenty songs that motivate, inspire, uplift or otherwise connect with me on tough health days before over two separate blogs. You can see part one here and part two here.
And now I’ve got part three for you.
I find music is the best remedy for when I’m feeling low, fed up, defeated or frustrated, especially during thyroid flare up periods, so I’m going to share my favourites for when I feel down, defeated, frustrated or otherwise struggling. I hope you like them too.
You can find the playlist on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz3aN_IBYl76fGMB2KnbskVATubWIWRnL
21. Chasing Lions by Natives
I first heard of Natives when they were a support act for the main band I was seeing at a gig and whilst some of their other songs didn’t stick with me so much, Chasing Lions definitely did. I really like the lyrics:
It took a little time to get here
It took a little while to settle in my soul
I’m swimming upstream to somewhere
Running up a hill to try and make me whole, again
I’m running and for the very first time, I’m not alone
That’s something yeah, it took a little while, but now you’ll find me
Chasing lions, its my way of letting go and I just don’t wanna show I’m scared Chasing lions, I have finally found my pride now I’m feeling more alive than ever
Because they resonate with me in terms of finding myself again and unearthing who I was before I became so bogged down and affected by ill health. Mental health included.
22. Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars
This one may be a bit heavy for some, but the power in Jared Leto’s voice hammers home the message;
I don’t remember the moment I tried to forget
I lost myself, is it better not said
Now I’m closer to the edge
It was a thousand to one and a million to two
Time to go down in flames and I’m taking you
Closer to the edge
No I’m not saying I’m sorry
One day maybe we’ll meet again…
No no no no
I will never forget
I will never regret
I will live my life
Which to me, reminds me to not only fight for answers for myself and others but to also do what is true to me and not regret anything I’ve done along the way. Any hard decisions I’ve had to make, whether others around me agreed with them or not, I will never regret them because I’m living my life. Not anyone else’s.
23. On My Way by Charlie Brown
You’ve given up the fight
Like the streets that you’re always walking on
You died inside
And you don’t know why
So you try to turn the light on
‘Cause this life is gonna get better
Take a breath, shake it off and say
I’m on my way
When they tell you, you might not get up
Might not be on top of the world but hey
Here’s what you say
You might fight but I fight smarter
Might not be on the top of the world but hey
I’m on my way
24. Firework by Katy Perry
Firework is just generally an uplifting, motivating song.
25. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
This song always reminds me that I can still write my own future and embrace being my own thyroid advocate.
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
26. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
This is just a really uplifting, positive song to start the day to.
27. Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself by Jess Glynne
Jess Glynne’s song is similar to number 21 in this list, in terms of the message; don’t regret anything you’ve done but also don’t be so hard on yourself, especially if it’s other peoples expectations you’re trying to meet. It’s OK to let go and admit that everyone makes mistakes, too.
Let’s go back to simplicity
I feel like I’ve been missing me
Was not who I’m supposed to be
I felt this darkness over me
We all get there eventually
I never knew where I belonged
But I was right and you were wrong
Been telling myself all along
Don’t be so hard on yourself, no
Learn to forgive, learn to let go
Everyone trips, everyone falls
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no
28. All Star by Smash Mouth
A karaoke classic, this song is just really feel-good. We’re all all stars.
29. Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
Such a powerful song. The lyrics to me sound like something I’d say to friends and family when trying to explain how hypothyroidism has affected me but some of the lyrics could also be things I’d say to my health and body, too. What do you want from me, body?
It messed me up, need a second to breathe
Just keep coming around
Hey, what do you want from me
30. The Thyroid Song by T-Low
And if you need a laugh, give this one a go.
If you’re like me, you’ll be wondering what on Earth you just watched. And maybe also found it funny. Maybe.