So this post is triggered by two things – a sample of this track spinning round during a run one time over Xmas and a post by Kristen over at ByeByeBeer. I’m mixing my metaphors somewhat because initially there will be some expression of defiance about brainwashing, as this song so brilliantly illustrates, & then it will become about education, growth of self and homework for life! 😉
The defiance is about the brainwashing, aka PR & advertising might of the drinks industry, that cranked up it’s messaging that booze is good and excessive drinking is normal over the Xmas & New Year period that made me increasingly angry and resentful. Not a good place to be & I had to work very hard to manage that around my family. I don’t know but the lyrics of thought control and being a brick in the wall resonated for me. We become so co-opted by it all I despair and for me it really is that matrix red pill blue pill moment. So you can take the red pill and keep drinking or take the blue pill and do it a whole different way. Which requires commitment and faith that those who have been before you are not lying to you and that it is so worth it.
“Homework for Life” is a strategy that I originally began using to generate more story topics for the stage, but as I began to use the strategy daily, it changed my life. It made everything about my life so much more vivid and slowed my life down remarkably. It’s a strategy I teach to my storytelling classes often, and I’ve had people tell me that it has replaced therapy and meditation for them. It truly changes lives. Powerful.
He talks about spotting the ‘danders in the wind’ which really resonated for me. So to counteract the ongoing onslaught of ‘life requires booze to be good’ message I’m starting to practice homework for life as an additional sober tool to support the therapy and meditation I already practice. At the age of 47 life is already speeding up way too much for me so if I can slow it down & notice the beautiful in the benign that has got to be a good thing. Plus it supports my word for the year ‘clarity’ 🙂
Now that tune 😉
PS If you’re looking for a new eaterie & are East London way can I recommend Redemption? I’ve blogged about it before here. They opened their West London venue in Notting Hill back in August & now they have one in the heart of Shoreditch!
This is what Catherine had to say:
Redemption Bar’s new Shoreditch restaurant will be located at 320 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR and will open to the public from Monday 4th January for a lunch service.