Down the river of night’s dreaming
Flow morphia slow
Let the sun and light come streaming
Into my life, into my life”
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am defying gravity”
Who are you to despise her?
Leave her, leave her, let her be now
Leave her, leave her, she’s with me now”
“Forget regret or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today”
“And you’re shining like the brightest star
A transmission on the midnight radio
And you’re spinnin’ like a forty-five
Ballerina dancing to your rock and roll”
Be sure to incorporate music, dancing, art, writing or other creative elements into your recovery. Don’t worry if you aren’t “normal”. Be a rock-n-roll ballerina, if that’s what blows your tutu up!
5. Chicago “Mister Cellophane”
“Cellophane, Mister Cellophane
Should have been my name
‘Cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me,
And never know I’m there”
This attitude can be relegated to the garbage can, and a new way of letting others see us can set us free. Don’t assume you’ll always be invisible or that you deserve it. Stake a claim for just who you are and who you want to be, and act in ways that allow the right people to see just how fabulous you are.
4. Tommy “Pinball Wizard”
“He ain’t got no distractions
Can’t hear no buzzers and bells
Don’t see no lights a flashin‘
Plays by sense of smell”
Not all moves we make in recovery have clear directions. Sometimes the biggest steps we take are done in what feels like the dark and the silence. Develop your intuition, and learn to trust the healthy voice that is reemerging. You can master the game this way.
3. Cats “Memory”
“Daylight, I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I mustn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory, too
And a new day will begin“
The bedraggled old Grizabella is right. No matter how dark the night, dawn always comes, and you can ascend to the next level of recovery. Do not give up just because it’s dark right now.
2. Spamalot “I’m All Alone”
“Each one of us is all alone
So what are we to do
In order to get through?
We must be lonely side by side”
Not only does no one recover alone, but we all benefit from having positive friendships and romantic relationships that lift us up throughout our lives. Even when we are walking through a dark time that only we can truly experience, the journey is always easier when we know others who have gone through their own struggles are walking beside us, offering encouragement and love.
1. Scrubs – “My Musical” episode “What’s Going to Happen?”
“What’s going to happen?
What does the future hold?
So many things that I put off
Assuming I’d have time
Assuming I’d grow old”
While this is an episode of the tv medical comedy “Scrubs”, and not an actual musical, it counts (the episode was almost entirely Broadway type songs). A woman facing her mortality came to a stark realization, just as so many in recovery who face a health crisis do, too.
While we cannot control everything, we definitely can map out a plan to do our best not only to live a long healthy life full of bucket list items crossed off, but we can truly want this for ourselves. Not just existing, but living with joy and appreciation – embracing the comedy, the drama, and the music that life has to offer.
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