Good To Be Alive

Wake Up Good To Be Alive

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I’ve been grinding so long, been trying this shiznit for years
(uh-huh) and I got nothing to show, just climbing this rope right here
(uh-huh) and if there’s a man upstairs, he kept bringing me rain
(uh-huh) but I’ve been sending up prayers and something’s changed
I think I finally found my hallelujah
I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life
Now all my dreams are coming true, yeah
I’ve been waiting for this moment
Feels good to be alive right about now (woo-hoo)
Good, good, good, good to be alive right about now (woo-hoo) ~ Andy Grammer

At some point within the vast amount of knowledge, The Tarot Lady – Theresa Reed has graciously heaped upon me via her newsletters and social media posts, I came upon the idea to have a theme song for the year. I’m pretty sure it was in her blog post Word of the Year, where she talks about creating a word for the year 2017. It’s also mentioned in her Top Rituals for Uber Success article. (I’m an uber fan.)

Each year, I’ve chosen a word for the year. I utilized Theresa’s suggestion of using Tarot and Numerology to find a tarot card of the major arcana, once that’s done, there are words that describe the card – a word I can choose for my theme. I followed her formula (which you can find on her blog post) and came up with the number 11 which can also be simplified to the number 2. Basically I had two tarot cards to choose words from! Yes, you guessed, I picked two words: Intuition and Balance. I’ve been embracing them all year.

Along with a word, I also choose a “lesson I want to learn for the year”. This year’s lesson has been – opening to possibilities and taking action on those that present themselves. Not quite as simple as it sounds. Lessons, the good ones, rarely ever are easy.

Creating a resolution always seemed to allow for some sort of subliminal message that it was ok to quit. Frankly I think its written in the fine print when you make a resolution that if you skip a day or two it automatically becomes null and void. Ipso facto, you’re free to do whatever.

Choosing a word, a song, or a lesson has helped me to stay on track with my goal. Earlier in the year, my song was “I Love The Now” by Jimmy Buffett. Let’s get real here, nearly any song by Jimmy can be made into a theme song. Heck, I’m pretty sure when I was in my late teens – early twenties, one of his most popular ones was my theme song. Dirty minds! No it was not “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (though it is a good song). No, my theme song would most likely have been “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” – still applicable today at times!

Recently, I discovered a feature on my Apple Watch (right now I’m hearing my family say, “Meghan and her technology!”). I found out that I can ask Siri to play any song in my play list at any given time, just by pushing a button. Why is this so fabulous? I’m like a naked mole rate waking up, eyes that are more ornamental than functional (until contacts are added). I don’t have to see to request my song from DJ Siri. Combine that with an overwhelming desire to sleep forever and this feature is a Godsend.

The auspicious morning of my joyous discovery, I struggled to get out of bed. While I’m not normally a morning person, this hasn’t happened in a while. I’d been happy to get up, go work out (still a shock to me let alone everyone who knows me) and then get to business. This certain morning it wasn’t happening for me. Somehow I was channeling Oscar the Grouch meets The Mummy – miserable and cocooned in my blankets.

It was a flash of pure brilliance, otherwise known as psychic intuition. I immediately knew I had to listen to Andy Grammer! I pushed the button on my watch and begged Siri in the nicest of raspy morning voices to play Andy Grammer for me. Siri and I have a complicated relationship. She loves to correct me, I like to respond in colorful language not fit for anyone’s ears. This morning, she complied quickly. Instantly I heard the telltale sounds of upbeat instruments and cheering – then the words washed over me. “It’s good to be alive, right about now!”

The music and lyrics moved me, I couldn’t stay in bed another moment. I absolutely HAD to get started on my glorious day! I’d finally found my hallelujah!

Has this ever happened to you? You can’t seem to get started on your day no matter how much caffeine fueled goodness you imbibe? The alarm clock begs for a repeated beating? Your fur-babies make it way too comfortable to remain under the covers? Sound familiar?

What’s your theme song? Try out Theresa’s formula and let me know what word resonated for you!


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