Between being sick and some personal issues, depression has been knocking on the door.
I woke up this morning and decided that I needed to sing this song* to myself. It’s like my normal self is singing to what my friend Rowan calls Traitor Brain. It’s that part of yourself that tells you the lies that anxiety and depression live on.
Sister, you’ve been on my mind
Sister, we’re two of a kind
So, sister, I’m keepin’ my eye on you.
I betcha think I don’t know nothin’
But singin’ the blues, oh, sister,
Have I got news for you, I’m something,
I hope you think that you’re something too
Scufflin’, I been up that lonesome road
And I seen alot of suns going down
Oh, but trust me,
No-o low life’s gonna run me around.
So let me tell you something Sister,
Remember your name, No twister
Gonna steal your stuff away, my sister,
We sho’ ain’t got a whole lot of time,
So-o-o shake your shimmy Sister,
‘Cause honey the ‘Shug’ is feelin’ fine.
ETA: This does not mean that I can sing depression away. Doesn’t work like that. What it does mean is that a flutter of light appeared at the same moment that depression started to rear its terrible head.
* – Link included if you want to sing along.
Original song sung by Tata Vega
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2 thoughts on “Soooo, Shake Your Shimmy”
I love this song. One of my fave movies, too. Staving away even a moment of depression is a win. My friend Tricia once said, “Depression and anxiety are like cold and flu; everyone gets them sometimes.” The best tools I have ever found for depression (besides being on the right meds) is staying creative, no matter how small. Writing that one paragraph no one ever sees. Cooking a meal. Dancing and lip syncing to the mirror. If we can change an action, we can change a thought, then an emotion. So I think you’re brilliant to make that song an affirmation.
“Staying creative, no matter how small” sounds like really good advice.
Does singing along to 80’s tunes behind mirror sunglasses while driving down I-35 like you’re the diva of the road count?
’cause I rock that like no one’s business. 🙂