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Uplifting Music for Overcoming Hard Times

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Let’s face it. Life is tough sometimes. A constant juggling act. Work, family, friends, extracurricular activities (yours and your family’s). Sometimes you get the wind knocked out of you, figuratively speaking. 

2019 was a challenging year.

Oh my, if I had known how crazy 2020 would be, I wouldn’t in my wildest dreams have believed it!!

Health emergencies. I worked (and am still working) through intense anxiety after my mom was diagnosed with some heavy-duty, hardcore health issues. As if the dreaded ‘c’ word wasn’t enough, throw in a pulmonary embolism to the mix. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

[Update: My mom completed chemo and radiation….radiation ended right as COVID-19 swept the nation, no, the globe. Thanks to radiation side effects, she was in and out of the hospital for four weeks. Waiting for the results from her oncology follow-up appointment.]

Since I’m not great at multi-tasking, I’m also (still) trying to get a grip, well, a second opinion, on my own medical issues.

As if battling constant fatigue thanks to Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism (an autoimmune disease) weren’t enough, I got sideswiped with some lovely women’s health issues. Yes, hello ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids. Nice to meet you–not.

Update: Cysts have resolved, fibroids seem to be shrinking, but still need another opinion. With the current global pandemic, I am staying away from the doctor’s office until further notice though!

So when the glass seems likes it’s half empty,  it’s time to fill it up by cranking up the volume and bringing on a playlist of inspiring music to help you overcome hard times.

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Relationship status change. Divorced in 2019. It was long overdue.

I bounced back like a cat on its feet and have a partner who treats me like a priority, not an option.

Fast forward to 2020.

Can you say global pandemic ten times quickly?

My 9-5 gig as an international student adviser involves working with a population hard-hit by COVID-19. My colleagues and I are constantly scrambling as travel restrictions to and from the US and other countries changed, our university switched to online instruction only, and our offices moved from physical to virtual work.

I still need to pick out a cool Zoom background once I have a moment to breathe!

Instead of getting frustrated by an ongoing litany of life’s obstacles, I try to focus my energy on overcoming them by listening to these uplifting songs.

Here’s my playlist to help you through unprecedented times.

Which songs help you through hard times?

Annalisa, Un domani (feat. Mr. Rain)

Gnarls Barkley, Crazy

Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive

Bon Jovi, Livin’ on a Prayer

David Bowie, Cat People

Depeche Mode, Walking in My Shoes (live version)

Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing

Earth, Wind & Fire, September

Lara Fabian, Leila

Bryan Ferry, Avonmore

Pink Floyd, On the Turning Away

Lorenzo Fragola, Vediamo che succede

Laura Pausini, Io canto

Madonna, Jump

Major Mit, Far Away

The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

Santana, Oye Como Va

Simple Minds, New Gold Dream

Survivor, Eye of the Tiger

Tears for Fears, Shout

U2, Magnificent

The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony

Yes, Changes

Uplifting Music for Overcoming Hard Times

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