I could be thinking of all kinds of songs to make me dance, like Funky Cold Medina, or Funkytown, or even Play That Funky Music White Boy. (Ok ok, so I’m playing those songs and a chair dancing while I type this, which I must say is not as easy as it sounds!! I have a tendency to snap my fingers and throw my arms around in no discernible way.)
But I mean FEELING funky. Off. Not yourself. You have something weighing on you and you might not be able to put your finger on it. You feel distracted. Unable to concentrate. Feeling like you’re supposed to be somewhere or do something but you know you aren’t. Preoccupied. All wrapped up in to one big ball of funky. You know what I’m talking about?
I think we all have off days. Nothing specific can be pinpointed, but you feel it. OR maybe you CAN pinpoint it and it’s something you have been putting off, dreading and something has pushed it to the forefront. A memory. A song. Something triggered this response in you. So what can you do?
If I could count how many people have commented or asked me how I stay so “perky” or “in a good mood all the freaking time”, well, I’m not good with math so I probably couldn’t count that high. But it’s A LOT. Then I get the other side of the coin where I’ve been called “fake” or “pretending” or worse. Don’t we all go through ups and downs? Don’t we all have good moments and times where we wish we could take back a conversation, or a deed or an entire chapter of our lives? (Raise a hand for a decade or two??) No one that I know of lives in a perpetually even state. No highs and lows. Even Steven. Who does that?
The part of me that WANTS to be optimistic starts with my decision to do just that. No matter what happened the day before, I try my very very hardest to start the new day as a clean slate. Today is the day to make that change. Today is the day to start a new way of living, of doing, of being. So whether or not I’m delusional, I don’t think starting my day with a good intention is wrong. I might not end my day on the same note I started, but I can sure make a conscience effort to start that way. That’s not fake or pretentious, that’s me making a stand for the direction I want my life to go.
After, eh hem, a certain point in your life, I think we DESERVE to be happy. Don’t we? To throw off what is weighing us down. Cast aside what is not bringing us joy and contentment and GROWTH in our lives. Focus on you and what you NEED. Do you need to make a change? Are you scared to do it? Can you ask for help and have someone hold your hand while you do it? Do you want to risk living in regret? More time passing by with no action on your part? THAT is how you get out of that funky feeling. By taking ACTION.
And once you take that first step to better yourself, things have a way of falling into place for the next step to be taken. Even if you have taken these steps before, sometimes they need repeated. And a hand to hold for support. And that’s not fake or phony. That’s starting your day with a grateful heart, an intention to make a positive change today and doing whatever it is that needs to be done to make it happen. Let nothing stand in your way. Focus on the goal. Don’t let a fleeting moment derail your progress. And you’ll feel that funky feeling dissipate before your eyes.