The Well Nourished Soul

monday motivational music: shake it off

this morning i woke up in an allergy medicine fog. my brain didn’t work. it didn’t help that the first thing i saw this morning was a text baring tidings of sadness for someone i care about. i laid in my bed staring at the ceiling as i often do thinking i didn’t really want to remove my covers. this is true for me every morning though so, technically it was almost a typical day in my world.

as i struggled to get ready and get out the house, i had the feeling this monday was going to be an interesting one. i drove to work because i had an open house for the doctoral program i was interested in applying to in the fall and i didn’t want to be late. the commute was standard rush hour fair and i made it to the parking garage in decent time. things didn’t get interesting until i opened the door to my starbucks and got in line. i was reaching for my purse to pay for my usual grande blond with cold soy and realized it wasn’t in my backpack. not only had i driven without a license, i had parked my car in a paid lot and had no money to cover the fee. thank you universe for this amazing start to a new week and a new month. i wanted a do over.

sometimes shaking off the day is the best thing you can do
sometimes shaking off the day is the best thing you can do

when i finally made it to the office, i had to sit at my desk and laugh for a second. thankfully i had cash in my car that covered my parking fee and could borrow from coworkers if needed. and i had packed my breakfast and lunch so the absence of a wallet had a limited impact on my day. i was able to shake it off and focus on work and the other things requiring my brainpower today.

i made it to the open house and had a great time mingling with the current undergraduate and graduate students, doctoral candidates, and faculty. i can totally see myself in this program and look forward to starting on my journey to being dr. sunless.

so in honor of this bizarre start to the first week of the month of june, my monday motivational music selection is shake it off by pop princess taylor swift. i’m not a swiftie at all. most of her music makes my head ache in protest. but shake it off is both mind-numbing fun and cathartic at the same time. some days the best thing you can do is crank up the tunes and start dancing your struggles and frustrations and challenges away. thank you taylor for providing the soundtrack to this amazingly underwhelming monday.

i never miss a beat
i’m lightning on my feet
and that’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm
that’s what they don’t see, mmm-mmm

i’m dancing on my own (dancing on my own)
i make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
and that’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm
that’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm

but i keep cruising
can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
it’s like i got this music
in my mind
saying, “it’s gonna be alright.”

’cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
baby, i’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
i shake it off, i shake it off
heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
and the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
baby, i’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
i shake it off, i shake it off

shake it off, i shake it off,
i, i, i shake it off, i shake it off,
i, i, i shake it off, i shake it off,
i, i, i shake it off, i shake it off

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