First Pocket of Joy: Britney Spears
Britney has always managed to put me in a better mood. In high school, if I didn’t want to go out to a party (and my friends did) they would play her music. Invariably I would end up taping my toes, gaining energy, and having a fun night.
Currently I “use” her in three ways. “Private Show” is my alarm clock (except over Christmas when “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” was my alarm). Music makes waking up more enjoyable than BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Second, if James (my partner) and I have an obligation that I want to make more fun (driving, cooking, cleaning) we blast her music. Last — this is the big one — when I don’t want to run. When I am feeling unmotivated I commit to listening to three of her songs and jogging (roughly 10 minutes). By the end of the three songs, I am usually peppier and I just keep running.