This morning I woke up with the earworm of S Club 7 Bring it All Back. As I belted the feel-good 90s classic I started paying attention to the lyrics. I realised that this tune I once had a sing-a-long competition to at a birthday part actually teaches us some pretty good life-lessons. Tips I still sign up to today.
“Don’t stop never give up”
A great piece of advice, especially when it comes to following your dreams. As I continue trying to ‘make it’ as a theatremaker I come back to this. It’s the people who don’t give up, who keep knocking on the door who eventually get let in.
“Hold onto what you try to be, your individuality”
This is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Be yourself no matter what. Figuring out who you are may be a lifelong journey, but being true to who you feel yourself to be at any given moment in time is some of the best life advice you can get. ‘Be Gretchen’ is the first commandment in Gretchen Rubin’s 12 Commandments of Happiness and ‘be Ellen’ will definitely be one of mine for my happiness project.
“When the world is on your shoulders just smile and let it go”
Because smiling does wonders to boost your mood, and that of those around you. We smile when we’re happy, but research has proven the opposite to be true. Smiling lowers our heart rate and reduces stress. So the next time you’re feeling down about your troubles, try smiling and they may not seem so bad.
“You only have to answer to yourself”
I care too much about what other people think about me. It’s something I really want to work through. At the end of the day it’s only you judging yourself.
“Try not to worry about a thing”
As Baz Luhrman teaches us in Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.
Which, I have just learnt, is based on an essay in The Chicago Tribune by Mary Schmich! This piece of advice is also something I need to work on, A LOT.
“Don’t keep it all inside yourself, gotta let the feelings show”
Nothing good can come from keeping your feelings locked inside of you. In fact, a lot of bad things can come from it.
“Na, na, na, na, na, na, na”
Finally, if you don’t know what to say in a situation, just sing some sounds and hope for the best. At the very least it’ll be fun!
So, there you have it. My top life tips gained from S Club 7. What songs do you think offer great life advice? Let me know in the comments below.