We all have those days. Maybe it's something in your personal life, maybe it's an idiotic politician or a law is passed that makes you see red and want to punch something. Whatever it is, life has you down and you need a little mind vacay for awhile. Some time to breathe before you get up and start kicking life's ass for awhile instead of the other way around. So what do you do?
For me, when I'm down, I don't tend to do well with the "rainbows and puppy dogs" approach. Life can be dark, and I tend to do better with books or movies that touch on that. Of course, I don't want all doom and gloom, so the right balance is key.
I'm a reader, and one of my favorite series is Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels. I've re-read these more than a few times. I love the action, the slow romance, and the humor that is woven throughout. One of my favorite quotes is from Magic Bleeds: “I can't give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you'd set it on fire.” Yep - that's my kind of romance. There have been plenty of dark times for Kate and company, but the sense of perseverance and hope that flows through each book keeps me coming back for more. It's also a phenomenal escape for my mind.
Sometimes, I let my fingers do the window shopping for me as I click through the offerings on Etsy. I love this Brass Knuckle Necklace (OK, it's silver, but you get where I'm going with this):
It's the right mix of tough and irreverent for me and it perfectly fits my mood.
Today also might be a Buffy kind of day. My go-to is the musical episode "Once More With Feeling." I have so many favorites from this episode, but Walk Through the Fire always gets me.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
And for more irreverence, this time I'm just bringing the funny. I leave you with some Stephen Colbert (you might have to un-mute it to revel in the awesomeness).
Now, I'm ready to get back out there.
How about you, what do you do to pick yourself up?