My Theme Song: Good Life*

One of my coworkers has this habit of posing a different question every few days or week on his white board. This week his question is: “What is the theme song for your life?” As someone who loves music a lot, I agonized over my choice. I wanted to make sure I picked exactly the right song. I listed to all my favorite artists and discovered something, they are all sort of depressing. I mean, I love the music because they typically tell a great story in the lyrics but they aren’t usually happy stories.

Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want
We’re young enough to say
Oh, this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life
I say, “Oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight”
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life, a good, good life

Ironically, when I finally picked out my theme song, it was a song I had heard on the radio a few weeks early. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard this song many, many, many times as it is popular with a lot commercials and been around for a while. But a couple of weeks ago, it was like I actually *heard* the lyrics. I actually wanted to write about my thoughts on this song but didn’t have time and then I was posed the question, reminding me of how I felt about this song.

Sometimes there’s airplanes I can’t jump out
Sometimes there’s bullshit that don’t work now
We are God of stories, but please tell me
What there is to complain about
When you’re happy like a fool, let it take you over
When everything is out, you gotta take it in

The thing I love about this song is that it has such a positive message. I feel like there are so many people who focus on everything bad that has happened, does happen or could happen that it’s easy to just sink into despair. It’s easier to focus on everything negative that goes on around you then to simply be happy. It’s easier to focus on everything we don’t have but want, instead of all the amazing things we do have. For the most part and for most people, I believe happiness is a decision that can be made, but it’s a hard thing to achieve and be successful at.

Hopelessly
I feel like there might be something that I’ll miss
Hopelessly
I feel like the window closes oh so quick
Hopelessly
I’m taking a mental picture of you now
‘Cause hopelessly
The hope is we have so much to feel good about

I remember, I was about 16 or 17 and one of my friends pointed out that I was such a negative person. I was, absolutely, flabbergasted at this. I had never realized how I had sunk into this negativity. I mean, granted there was a lot in my teenager years that led to that, but I had never noticed. When I was told that, it really bothered me, a lot. I took offense to it, but then I thought about what I could do to change that perception of me. I think for the most part I’ve succeeded. Typically, I’m the one putting a positive spin on things, I always have something positive to say about a situation. I’ve chosen to see everything that is great going on in the world around me instead of focusing on all the bad things

Because, when it comes down to it, it is going to be a good life, as long as I’m alive to live it.

Oh, this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life

I focus on being thankful, grateful and happy with what I have in my life, and who I get to share it with. I don’t dream of “what ifs” and “if onlys” but instead, focus on what I can do to continue to have a happy life. Because of this, even when I’m driving back from my lunch break, going back to work to call customers and possibly get yelled at by them, I’m still, generally happy. There is so much in the world to be thankful, so much good to appreciate, so much more to focus on instead of sinking into all the bad things.

*Lyrics from the OneRepublic song: Good life. Clearly, the lyrics are not my original work and should not be confused as such.

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