Take a moment and find yourself

Somehow, this song from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe (episode: Mindful Education) struck a chord with me. Even without paying close attention to the lyrics, I was comforted by its melody and the way the vocalists expressed themselves. Knowing the lyrics made the song even more meaningful.

Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe, has stated that she wrote the song when she wanted a song that would calm her during a difficult time. I get that – it’s a song that I’ve been listening to over and over again because, to me, it’s about all the setbacks and problems I’ve faced, and also because it reminds me that I have people who are here for me, but that, ultimately, I’ve survived everything I’ve been through. ‘I’m here’ is not just reassurance from loved ones but also a self-affirming declaration.

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Everybody gets high, everybody gets low

I hitched a ride with a vending machine repair man
He says he’s been down this road more than twice
He was high on intellectualism
I’ve never been there but the brochure looks nice
Jump in, let’s go
Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes

Everyday is a winding road
I get a little bit closer
Everyday is a faded sign
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine

He’s got a daughter he calls Easter
She was born on a Tuesday night
I’m just wondering why I feel so all alone
Why I’m a stranger in my own life
Jump in, let’s go
Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low
These are the days when anything goes

I’ve been swimming in a sea of anarchy
I’ve been living on coffee and nicotine
I’ve been wondering if all the things I’ve seen
Were ever real, were ever really happening