Pick-Me-Up Songs

Going through a rough patch in life? Feeling sad and helpless? Or simply looking for a healthy dose of motivation for 2012? Here are 3 songs that can offer some solace to your distressed souls, instilling motivation with their inspirational lyrics.

1. Katy Perry – Firework

Whenever I am down and out, the lyrics offer much respite, affording affirmation that I still have what it takes to shine. My favorite part is the pre-chorus where the violins enter and the mood transits from desperation to hope. The music video complements the song perfectly; inspirational scenes of people overcoming their struggles to reclaim their birthright happiness.

Cause there's a spark in you
You just gotta ignite the light And let it shine

2. P!nk – Perfect

A rather controversial song whose music video depicts self destructive behavior e.g. anorexia, self mutilation. But going beyond, the turn in the plot sends the message that no matter how messed up you are, you have the power to take control of your life by accepting circumstances as they are and subsequently change it for the better. I was especially touched by the last scene where the woman goes into her daughter’s room, place her childhood teddy beside her and mouths: "you are perfect to me".

Baby baby please Don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than less than perfect

3. Demi Lovato – Skyscrapper

Another song that offers motivation when the going gets tough. As a normal human being, I sometimes get overwhelmed by the struggles and difficulties in my life and cower in vulnerability. But listening to this song instills some kind of defiant motivation to challenge whatever obstacles in my way and rise above them.

Go on and try to tear me down I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper

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