I saw this meme on Facebook this past week:
And I took this really seriously. I’m not sure the point of the meme was to cause me this much thought … or anxiety … but I’ve spent the past week thinking about this. Had I taken my education as seriously as I take this question, I could probably compose my own theme song, or explain how one’s choice of theme song has something to do with a mathematical resonation, or even design a scientific experiment explaining how my id, ego, and superego would make different choices.
Fact is, I didn’t pay that much attention to my music lessons, my math classes, or my psychology minor. But lemme tell ya – this theme song question really has me thinking.
There are songs we remember that are special to us: remember the song that was playing the first time someone asked you to dance? Mine was “Brown Eyed Girl,” and I sang that song for weeks pretending it was about me. The first song I ever danced with my husband to was “Layla,” and even though I snarkily told him, “You can’t dance to Layla!” (he should have known then that I was a smart ass!!) I will never, ever, ever forget that moment.
But a theme song is a “song or melody strongly associated with someone or something.” And yes, while I do associate those songs with those people, I wouldn’t consider them my “theme songs.”
(Yep, you can see I gave this too much thought!)
First I obsessed over the fact that we probably have many different theme songs for different stages of our lives. Surely my 8-year-old self had a different theme song (“Do You Want to Know a Secret?“) than my 22-year-old self (“Stayin’ Alive“), or my 45-year-old self (“Survivor“) … or my self right now. And even my self right now probably has a long list of theme songs depending on the circumstances.
But after a week of spending valuable time on a MEME question, that most people answered in seconds, I’ve come up with a (partial!!!!) list of my theme songs.
- Most the of time, my theme songs are “Dancing Queen” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“
- Whenever I’m jogging? Definitely “Wipe Out” (Also sometimes applies to “when I’m walking” and “when I’m standing absolutely still”)
- When I’m feeling like I need a little support from my sisters, I’m all “Redneck Woman”
- When I’m driving, “Born to Be Wild“
- When I’m cleaning the house, “Take This Job and Shove It“
- When I’m at the grocery store, “So What“
- When I’m trying on jeans, “To Dream the Impossible Dream“
- When I’m meditating (and probably not supposed to have a theme song playing in my head, but always do because I suck at meditating), “Journey to the Center of the Mind“
- All the time, “Tequila“
What’s YOUR theme song? Leave a comment below!