This has been an incredibly shitty week for me. I’m not going to go into detail but a lot of shitty things happened and I’m still not sure if the dust has settled…I still haven’t gotten fired from my job so…let’s hope that doesn’t happen now also just to round it all out…
Was it my fault that all this shit happened to me? Kind of tough to say – sometimes things just happen and there’s nothing you can do about it. Regardless, when bad shit happens, you can either sit around and mope, or you can rise above, get back on that horse and keep fighting the good fight.
Also, whenever shit is tough and you feel like a total loser, just think about all kinds of people who you admire and all the shit they had to pull through.
Orson Welles may be considered a super genius now, but Citizen Kane nearly didn’t even get released, and when it did, it was the farthest thing from a success.
Judd Apatow, my fucking idol, had to sit and watch as networks cancelled Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared before being adored for movies like 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and watching all the kids he gave parts to 1o years ago become Hollywood’s current comedy elite.
None of the Velvet Underground or The Stooges’ albums sold much in their day and it was only years later that David Bowie made legitimate rock stars out of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. By the way, David Bowie struggled for a long time as the one hit wonder with “Space Oddity” before Ziggy Stardust turned him into a star.
So yeah, think about all those guys and all the drugs and drinking they did feeling like shit about themselves between becoming legends and huge successes. And if you need a little something extra, here’s a short playlist of songs about rising above and overcoming all the bullshit people will throw at you on your way to anywhere worth going.
1. Black Flag – Rise Above
2. Modest Mouse – Float On
3. The Who – The Dirty Jobs
4. The Velvet Underground – Head Held High
5. Sly And The Family Stone – You Can Make It If You Try
6. MC5 – Over And Over
7. Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
8. Big Star – Thank You, Friends
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