I drive the same route to work everyday just like millions of other inhabitants on earth. The same guy jokes and talks on the same radio station I listen to every day. Familiar faces in cars, stopping at traffic lights, fighting for gaps, dropping off kids, chasing time, getting to work and just get through another day. Humans caught in the monotony of life. I sigh and turn on my playlist, blasting via Bluetooth over the speakers of my SUV.
I recognised the intro as Flo-rida and couldn’t help but turn the volume button slightly. At 45 seconds into the song the beat kicks in and the base echoes harmoniously along. I catch myself tapping the steering wheel. My hand, with a mind of its own, turns up the volume even more. It’s the kinda song that stirs something in your body, it provokes feelings of running or dancing. The melody encourages jumping, clapping…something!
It’s a piece of music that does what great music is supposed to do, it doesn’t matter if it’s created by Flo-rida and David Guetta or Bach and Beethoven, it’s music that LIFTS your spirit. That changes your attitude in a moment, that has the ability to arouse positivity.
At 1 minute 46 seconds I am thumping loudly and people probably think I’ve finally broken my insanity switch. I allow the song to flood my body and let the beat and the base vibrate my soul. Suddenly I reduce speed, savouring the awesome spring sunshine that has won the battle with winter. I drive into the pits, quitting this private Grand Prix I entered. I see the people around me, not just looking at them, I see the happy ones, the sad ones, the frantic ones. I want everyone to hear this song, for it moved me.
Then I made my decision. Today. This Day. This average Friday. This nothing special is happening day. On this day… The. Day. Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Handle. Me.
I will attack it. I will run into it with full force, giving everything I have, yielding my sword and chasing down to the battle ground with a barbaric victory cry, executed with passion and vigour, filling my lungs with life, for today IT WILL BE A GOOD DAY.
My light is switched on. I will shine on every person I meet. I will lift the darkness for those who need it. Today. For I know, this 20 September 2013 is the only one we will ever get. There will never be another day like this one. And it’s mine to conquer. It’s mine to claim. It’s mine to savour. And I will. I will make this day spectacular.
And all I needed was a great song.
PS – If Flo-rida sang my anthem for the day, should I read anything in the fact that the next tune on my playlist was ‘Dip it Low’ from Christina Milian. Maybe an evening anthem…