Okay, I laughed when I wrote that title, but the truth is that it can be hard to grow a ‘righteous’ beard (and no, none of those guys above are me). It takes years, a whole lot of patience, and a lot of botanicals to achieve. You know the kind, that shapely, soft, well-oiled and groomed clump of beauty below a man’s nose that a certain type of woman loves, because well, she must admit that ‘it’s actually sort of pretty. Oh, and it smells so good.’ Only a fair few accomplish such a righteous level of beardom, and I am one such man on a quest to reach the level of righteousness that a priest can only dream of.
Music is, for a lot of people, a powerful force that touches our emotions and reaches deep into the soul. For all feelings and events and life moments, music shapes the way we see, think and feel, from heartbreak to anger and a myriad of emotions in between. From movie soundtracks to the moments of loneliness and fear, and loss and of course, tragedy, music opens our hearts and aids us in our toughest moments. I remember when I was growing up, often alone, an only child, and it was music that kept me sane, kept me company, and without it, I know I wouldn’t be who I am today… Nor can I imagine what I would be like, or if I would be here at all, for without the music that filled my soul, I would have grown up estranged and empty.
Music has always been my crutch, my healer, and my support system. No matter the mood, a sound exists that can soothe you, or simply continue to stoke the fire, and when all hope seems lost or if it feels as though your heart can’t take more pain, the music is there to be your friend and your muse. I remember lonely days riding the bus to school, while the music pumping through my headphones kept me company and gave me an outlet, and a way to find solace when I rarely felt I belonged.
Have you noticed that when the gray winter covers the skies that your happiness and activity levels decrease? Every year I notice it, every year I simply deal with it, letting my work and my relationships suffer. So this year I sought out a cure, and I've noticed that the bottom line for my mood has improved, as has my creativity, AND I've noticed a drop in anxiety.
What is it about Winter that brings those nasty blues? One might argue that it’s because all the trees have gone bare or that the grey clouds have taken control of the world outside, or simply that they block out most of the sunlight. Similar to those of us who prefer staying indoors, no matter what season of the year, it is the lack of sun exposure that has a powerful impact on our moods. Ever wonder why doctors suggest a supplement of vitamin D for sadness, depression, and hermits? Well, this stems from precisely the same issue. The more time you spend NOT in sunlight, the more your mood can fluctuate and your bottom line can fall. But there’s a brilliant solution that I’ve been using this winter, and it actually works.
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