25 September 2008
Let's Face The Music & Dance
The eras of the 30's, 40's, 50's and even the early 60's have a certain undeniable class and smoothness, a relaxed vibe of, "No matter how bad it gets, every thing's going to be alright." One of my most beloved artists, who represents that polished relaxation, is Nat King Cole. More specifically, I cherish the attitude his songs like, "Let's Face The Music And Dance", embody. Even if your gut tells you the world is crashing down around, just face the music and dance, or if not dancing, something else that is positive and good medicine for the spirit.
I look at the eras gone by and I can't help but feeling they dealt with stress and problems in a more healthy and positive manner than we do today. Adolescences of today, especially have tendencies to turn to destructive behavior when under pressure and stress. They often drink or do drugs, hook up, and whatever other reckless deeds they can get away with, that they believe will overcome or mask their problems and anger.
This is not to say drinking, drugs, smoking and so forth were never a part of yesterday's society, however from what I can understand, they often seemed to have different motives and reasons for doing such things, perhaps even, more pure reasons. Not that that necessarily trumps the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and even smoking, but I wonder how and why folks from these previous eras, could smoke and drink with such elegance and sophistication.
I look around at our youth today, and those who are knee deep in drugs and nasty addictions are anything but glassy and glamorous. Still... even if these bad habits have always existed to a certain extent, I do admire the way past societies seemed to always keep a time for music, and dancing, and what is now considered "old school" good fun. Activities that will take a load off your back without taking all your senses and good judgement too.
Stress also appears to have been handled better in past times. Nowadays, stress is used as a leveler to measure success. The more busy you are, the more overachieving you do, the more money you gain, only leads to the overwhelming stress that seems more of a trophy than something harmful to mind and spirit. And if someone devotes more time to kicking back their heels and simply having a good time, their peers will often write them off as bums.
Even if stress equals success, I know my spirit will never survive excessive stress and work. I will always find time to whirl around a ballroom to the soothing sounds of Nat King Cole and the likes, simply elated at how good life can feel.
So, tell me... how do you deal with stress? Are you forever feeling tired and worn down? Do you make sure you still have a good time even amidst stressful deadlines and problems, or do you put off fun for a time when you're not busy? And what are your favorite ways to relax and forget your worries?
Photo Credits: "The Women" (photographed by Sebastian Faena) from V Magazine (www.vmagazine.com) & www.flickr.com/photos/don3rdse