Sunday Songs & Sentiments

It’s Sunday morning, rain is falling on my window pane…wait no, that’s a Maroon 5 song. It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting here on my unmade bed attempting to study Dante’s Inferno, before my attention span descends into the great abyss with the likes of Judas, Brutus and Cassius. Hey, would you look at that casual application of material into my writing?! #learning #advanced

Ok, now that I’m done with the literary reference part of this post, I can get to talking about the hot topics that I really wanted to address, one of which is how both the voices of Smokey Robinson and John Legend never fail to bring me to tears/bring on the feels. The process of listening to Robinson’s “Tracks of my Tears” or Legend’s “Ordinary People”, whilst in my pj’s, in bed, drinking coffee always makes me reflect on life then thinking about life/things that are on my mind.

This Sunday morning, it’s got me thinking about how much I care about being an individual. How, one of my greatest fears in life is not making an impact as an individual on the lives of others and living up to my potential, or whatever that means. In the sense that I want to do things that I’m proud of. The feeling that I get when I listen to John Legend lyrics like “the future happened yesterday and we’re already late,” is so profound, I mean come on…how beautiful is that?! It’s motivating, unifying and sung in a voice that could make even the hardest of hearts shed a tear. I want to create art like that. Now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that my singing voice will never make people feel the way I do when listening to velvety words of someone like Smokey Robinson. It’d be super cool if I had a baller voice like them, but I don’t.

I do however have the potential to be a great writer one day. It’s taken me a long time to be able to think that, but after reflecting upon me a bit, and thinking about the traits required to effectively and artfully recount or craft a story, I’ve realized that I possess some of those attributes. Most importantly, I have the capability to be understand, empathize and put down, into words relatable things in life. I think this a good start as a young writer. I’ve decided that I’m going to stop comparing myself too much to other writers. Instead, I’d like to use their work as inspiration and as a guide to craft my own voice and style. Maybe if this works out, I can create something that makes people cry in a good way, or something that helps someone reflect upon their life.

I figure that I am now at the point of my college career that I have to start thinking about what I might want to do when I finish. I’m trying to not let the fact that I have less than a year before I finish scare me shitless and instead think of it as an exciting thing to motivate me to try new things, put myself out there and be a little vulnerable to all the chaotic wonders of life. As John Legend sings about, “we’re all just ordinary people”, we’re all just trying to figure out this crazy world on our own, together.

On that note (pun intended), Happy Sunday! Here’s a playlist of Sunday Songs to get you thinking.

Lots of Love,

Shelby

xxx

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