I heard this the other day and knew it had to be my next song. Back in the day, I kept a steady stream of the Bangles, Enya, Taylor Dayne and Wilson Phillips going. This song is especially meaningful to me as it always seems to give me a dose of “tough love” just when I need it. I also feel it is a perfect song for what is going on in my world right now.
Don’t you know, things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold… on for one more day“Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
This post will be coming at the end of a pretty challenging couple of months for folks here in the US. It was a time spent confined to our homes, where a lot of people had to adjust their habits and limit their excursions for the few moments it took to get essentials. It was also a time when people were dying and we weren’t able to mourn our dead with our friends and family. When masses were canceled during one of the most meaningful holidays for Christian and Jewish faiths. We saw tear-filled requests from those in the medical field to “just stay home” and did what we could to “flatten the curve.” There were babies being born that couldn’t be held by their grandparents, and those with anxiety and depression were separated from others when they needed their community the most.
But what also happened, is that we were forced to spend more time with the people we love. The people we see everyday, but sometimes lose sight of. We focused on simple pleasures and got back to basics: game playing, solving puzzles and creating art. We had celebrities reading us bedtime stories, musicians posting impromptu concerts from their living rooms, and the use of virtual chat rooms exploded. And during our confinement, with only our own yards to explore, the earth started to heal.
The message in this song is one of hope, as are most of the songs that I tend to connect with. I come from the school that “things can always be worse,” but I know now that they can also be infinitely better. I only had to flip through my social media channels during a Pandemic to realize that. When the dust settles, and we are allowed to go out into the world once again, I hope that we can do it with the same love for our neighbors that is so present at the time I am writing this. I have hope that will be the case. I also hope that we will be more mindful on the impact we have on the world around us, and continue the small changes that make the world a better place for us all.
Now, I know this is true for myself, that thinking about the future in such a chaotic time can be overwhelming. That has certainly been the case of late, with my thoughts straying to the economy and the big hit it is taking. So a self-care tidbit: when things start to get to me, I retract a bit and stop looking at the big picture. I continue to do my part, but instead of focusing on what others are doing, I focus on what I can change and how I can make things better. And instead of worrying about what will happen tomorrow, or next week, or a year from now, I focus on the now. Be present with those you love, take the time to do something out of the ordinary with them and make some memories. Because soon enough, the world will start spinning at a much quicker pace, and we will be busy with our lives once more. I only hope that we don’t lose sight of what is truly important once again.
So, take a listen to one of my all time favorite songs by Wilson Phillips and believe their message is true, that all we need to do is “hold on for one more day.” And let me know what songs do you find particularly meaningful for the world that surrounds you? What simple thing did you do or notice that brought a smile to your face today? I would love to know, so drop me a comment below! In the meantime, sending you a gigantic virtual hug with much love…and hope! XO