30-Day Song Challenge
The day has finally arrived. The day we have all been pleading for since around day 4 or 5. Day 30 of the 30 day song challenge. On this day of days my task is to choose a song that ‘reminds me of myself’.
The 30-day song challenge has tasked me to think of a song using the list below. I decided to write a blog post about each day’s choice as a writing exercise and an exercise it sure has been. And like all exercise, I’m left sweating, in pain and in need of respiratory aid at the end.
I don’t need reminding me of myself as I am stuck with myself the entire time. If you think it’s exhausting just reading these posts, imagine what it’s like inside my head. It’s like this the whole time! I overthink, I’m slightly overweight, my back is weak, my hip is sore, and my entire body is stiff (except the bit that counts). I’m not as intelligent as people seem to think I am. I’m not even as bright as I think I am.
I get bad indigestion, bad breath and bad feedback on my writing. I lack focus, original ideas and patience. I don’t contact my friends as much as I should; I start so much and finish so little. I have so many ideas, but rarely are they good. I sit too much, eat too much, sweat too much and continuously live in fear of failure.
But, I’m working on them. I’m ok. I’m funny. I love my friends. I love my wife. I love writing. I worry less about the past and less about the future. I love life, laughs and dogs. I’m generally positive now, which has resulted in me working harder and writing more. I am determined and always bounce back from whatever shit comes around. Shit will come about, it’s what shit does. I’ve learned that shit is continuously around the corner, but that doesn’t mean it controls your life, you just deal with it when it presents itself.
I worry less about the things I can’t control and more on the things I can. I make my wife a fruit smoothy and a cup of coffee every morning. I buy cat food for the buildings cleaner who takes care of three stray cats. I call my mum three or four times a week. I’m trying to lose weight, and I’m learning everything I can about setting up my own online e-commerce business.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
I am who I am, not perfect, occasionally angry at myself but in recent years, always trying to be better. If you can wake up every morning and try to be a little bit better, then you’re probably doing ok. You’ll fail sometimes, but that’s also ok.
In this 30-day song challenge, I’ve tried to be more ‘me’ and more open about feelings. I’ve not always succeeded, and I’ve backed out of writing certain things. I’ve deleted sentences for fear of sounding too patronising, too flippant, or a ‘know it all’. It’s quite strange to say that I will be more open in some of my writing as I’ve spent the last 20 years doing the opposite, acting the clown behind a false moustache for so long.
Tell Me Mirror What Is Wrong
I didn’t entirely succeed, but I kept trying. And that comes back to what I wrote a moment ago, I will keep trying, in everything. In my writing, in my business, in my relationships and my life. I want to give a big thank you to all that have read these ramblings, it has been great to set myself this target and to finally reach the end. I hope, despite some awful choices in songs, (that’s what I’m told), you’ve liked at least a few of them.
Can It Be My De La Clothes?
De La Soul was the first hip-hop group I really got into. It’s a love that still burns bright to this day. Me Myself & I is from the trio’s debut album ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ and while this song only peaked at number 22 in the singles chart it was a game changer for me.
There are so many other tracks I could have picked during this song challenge. Some artists I love didn’t get a look in. Neil Young, R.E.M., Bowie, Outkast and many more…maybe I should do another 30-day song challenge? Yes, that sounds great. I’ll just go and lay down for about five or six years first.
If you have Spotify you can find the full list here –