Well, I’m a little late to the party, but I just discovered Passenger’s song Scare Away the Dark, and it’s such a gem I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a reminder that sometimes, even if life puts you in a drab office staring at a terminal for hours, that we still have a choice to look up, get back in touch with nature (and each other), and maybe sing.
The video is such a fun interpretation of the song: The soul-crushing florescent lights, and the lifeless, vacant stares on all the faces. As I sit here on my laptop, I feel simultaneously fortunate that I don’t work in that environment, but conscious of the fact that I do spend hours staring at a screen each day, and less time amongst the leaves and trees.
Here are some of my favorite lyrics:
We wish our week days away, spend our weekends in bed
We drink ourselves stupid and work ourselves dead
This sounds like me sometimes. As much as I try not to wish my week days away, sometimes the weekends feel like a finish line… and then I’m too wiped to do anything I plan to until it starts all over again on Monday.
Yeah we wish we were happier, thinner and fitter
We wish we weren’t losers and liars and quitters,
We want something more/other than just nasty and bitter
We want something real, not just hashtags and twitter
Hoo boy. Aren’t we all a little too wrapped up in who ate Avocado toast at which impossibly beautiful brunch? Don’t we all get so hard on ourselves about how not perfect we are, and doesn’t the internet exacerbate all of that? And at the same time that the internet presents the perfect and ideal, it also brings out the darker side of humanity: the bullying and gossip and horribleness of humankind. When I find myself reconnecting with nature, whether it’s just a phone-free walk with the dog or a weekend at the beach… I end up remembering what’s important, and forgetting the pressure to live up to the Instagram or Pinterest du jour.
Anyhoo, listen for yourself and let me know what you think. Hope this song helps ease you into the weekend (or inspires you to run naked through the trees).