This blog post is dedicated to my friends who are often blue. . .
You get blue like everyone
But me and Grandpa Joe
Can make your troubles go away
Blow away, there they go. . .
Cheer up Charlie
Give me a smile
What happened to that smile I used to know?
Don't you know your grin has always
Been my sunshine
Let that sunshine show
When you feel down about something, you're triggered into being in that plateau or that pit that only you can wallow in, it can be difficult to snap out of being in there. It is healthy to feel those feelings of sadness or desperation, those feelings of being alone and desolate and nobody will understand how you feel. Do you have a reliable support network of people who can help you to stop being blue? It will be hard to look outside of yourself when you are in this situation, but there should be some small part of yourself who will be able to recognise a faint light at the end of the tunnel and recognise help when you need it to pull you out. It's at those moments that we rely on our memory and recall - to be able to know and recognise what happiness feels like, so that we know to connect ourselves again with that positive feeling.
Come on Charlie
No need to frown
Deep down you know the world is still your toy
When the world gets heavy
Never pitter patter
Up and at 'em boy
Being able to play into that resilience that you've managed to foster, takes time and practice. But trust me, it's a great skill to have if you are able to pick yourself up and rise higher and faster than before. When the world gets heavy it's definitely time to start thinking about how to make your world lighter again (and we're not talking about losing a couple of pounds here) we're talking about losing some of the weight, that dead weight that threatens to hold you back and keep you from living your best life possible. How did you allow that dead weight to sneak in and take control of your happiness anyway? Not to worry, at least now you recognise what that looks like - then it's time to hit the ground running and move on with your life.
Someday sweet as a song
Charlie's lucky day will come along
Till that day
You've gotta stay strong
Up on top is right where you belong
Look up Charlie
You'll see a star
Just follow it and keep your dream in view
Pretty soon the sky is gonna clear up Charlie
Cheer up Charlie do
Cheer up Charlie
Just be glad you're you. . .
I hope that you start to believe in yourself. Even when the world seems to continually to deal you hands that threaten to tip you over the edge. Believe in yourself and think about the hope that will sustain you, keep imagining the great things that are to come into your life. Follow those stars, continue to dream big and set small goals to reach them. Everyone is entitled to live their best lives, but its' not going to be easy. If it was meant to be easy, then everyone would be happy in the world right now and there would not be the constant struggles that political turmoil, socio-economic issues and the aftermath of natural disasters to deal with - the whole world would band together to ensure that everyone had access to everything to build their best lives. But until that day arrives, I hope that you will be happy, try to find things that make you smile, that turn into things that make you laugh, that turn into things that make you fall off your chair and see you rolling on the floor.
In the end, I just hope for you my friend. My greatest gift I can give to you - the hope that I hold and pass onto you. So to all my friends who are feeling like Charlie in their private lives - cheer up Charlie, just be glad you're you. . . because I am :-)