Today I’m fascinated by negativity. Why, when life brings its own hardship do we bring in our own? Is it because we are brainwashed into thinking we’re supposed to live perfect lives, and so we are simply hurt and disappointed? Or is it a habit?
My dad says that we are taught that if you work hard enough your life will end up happy, most of the time. But the truth (he says) is that we get happiness in little bursts, small parcels. And that’s it. And that you really just need to appreciate what you’ve got.
I love my job, my friends, my life, but even though I know this I have to remind myself to be grateful. It always shocks me when people are miserable when to me they seem lucky. But I step into the trap quite often myself. But do some people not even notice their own negativity?? They bully, shut off their real feelings, and ride the feeling righteousness. Refuse to help a person in need, out of some territorial instinct. Forget that we are all the same underneath.
Flunk’s first album For Sleepyheads Only is a reminder for me to break through. It starts out with a slow, warm trip-hoppy track called “I Love Music” with simple samples that strike deep. Flunk is a duo from Norway, a girl and a guy who sing with hesitant, yet pure emotion. And this is by far my favorite of their work. There is something about it that works as an incantation, a mantra. It’s not just the words, but the feel of the whole album.
Recently I had a terrible virus. I really couldn’t do anything. Usually I will do my radio show in any state of health, but I honestly couldn’t. It took almost 2 weeks to get better. And I can still feel the traces of it in my body. I’m not sure it was a lesson. More of a reminder. Life is short. We don’t even know why we’re here. Anyone who pretends to know is faking it. We are all gonna be gone someday. This is a good thing. Possibilities are endless, but you have to act now. Make use of your time. Do what you really want to do. Take risks, lose sometimes or you will never win. Most of all, if you want to connect and grow, cultivate compassion.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -- Plato
Michele Myers is feeling philosophical today, but will be hopefully more musical by the time her show Nite Life starts Friday at 9pm. Every Friday night she chooses a favorite album like this one to spotlight. She also produces KEXP Documentaries, and hosts Wake Up Thursdays for KEXP on 91.5FM in New York City.