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What song lyrics have inspired you?

I'm looking for songs which have lyrics that are inspirational, particularly in terms of moving forward, overcoming adversity, or not losing hope. What made you think "things will be ok" when you first heard it, especially if it wasn't something you would normally listen to? Whether it's just a line, verse, chorus, or the whole song, all genres are welcome. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Aug 10, 2014 - 78 answers

not technically depressed but is this as good as it gets?

I believe that popular wisdom holds that contentment or real inner peace is the goal for those who have been depressed and who have pulled out of the hole. But what about people who have been unhappy since childhood, for example. One popularly cited data point for whether someone has diagosable depression is they lose interest in what they've loved doing, and this notion assumes that they've had a chance to develop hobbies or friendships at some point until they became depressed. So short of having had hobbies or friends to return to, at what point do people "stop being depressed"? (I know that there are manuals that professionals use to tally up symptoms, but I am asking not about technical definitions of depressed versus not; I'm asking about the experience. Has anyone experienced a bright line shift in their thinking?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2014 - 15 answers

You are my only hope, Obi-Mefi-Kenobi

Ok, I'm blowing my question on this because I can't find it and I need to watch it right now. There's a YouTube video of courier typewriter text and voice-over which talks about "A fucked up situation" that the author is recalling. If the title doesn't indicate enough of the video to you, spoilers below the fold to help you find it... because I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on May 11, 2014 - 1 answer

Music to stay alive to

Looking for songs that make you want to stay alive. About how wonderful life is, how fleeting and how it should be cherished. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Oct 29, 2013 - 56 answers

internet problem/yellow exclamation mark/DNS pickle/woe is me

After a recent change in routers by my service provider it's taking a depressingly long amount of time to connect to the internet. I need a fix explained to me like I'm your grandmother's less computer savvy friend. Details henceforth. [more inside]
posted by hugandpint on Oct 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Getting back together and breaking the yo-yo cycle

A while ago, my ex ended what had been a yo-yo relationship (on and off and on and off again) for 1.5 years. Now we are in different states and he wants to reconcile. Can this work? Has anyone done this and gone on to have a happy, healthy relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 34 answers

Success stories where "one that got away" was really not "the one?"

Are there any success stories of people who have gotten over relationships that you /know/ could have been fixed if circumstances had been different and have gone on to find greater happiness, especially with successful, committed relationships? I am worried that my recent relationship is going to turn into one of those "the one that got away" situations, and he's made it clear he doesn't want to work on it anymore, so I can't do anything about that. I had thought I would be settling down in a city with a long term partner by now, and the fact that that is not happening is really tough to handle. Help!!! I need encouragement. [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Aug 13, 2013 - 22 answers

a change is gonna came

Hit me with some joyful, hopey songs that are less "everything is going to be all right" than "the bad shit is over -- everything is all right!" [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 14, 2013 - 70 answers

In 2013 help me spread hope around me

Help me spread hope around me as part of my new year resolution [more inside]
posted by Baud on Dec 23, 2012 - 8 answers

What audio book would you want if you were stuck in a hospital bed?

Help me pick the perfect audio book to get my friend through hospital awfulness. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Quest for Obama poster

Please help me find this Obama campaign poster. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

DVD --> MP4

How do I pull clips out of a DVD and export them as mp4s? [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Nov 6, 2012 - 12 answers

sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?

I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jul 20, 2012 - 5 answers

I've been thinking about our fortune

Quitting a prestigious job I really enjoyed but grew incompatible with, starting a new one that has more promise, but is still an unknown. I've listened the hell out of Moody Blues' "Story In Your Eyes" and Simple Minds' "Don't You." What other songs capture the essence of a bittersweet ending and an exciting but uncertain future?
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 30, 2012 - 18 answers

That floaty thing with feathers springs eternal etc.

Looking for stories, sayings, myths, etc dealing with hope. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Mar 17, 2012 - 11 answers

give me your happy stories

does it really get better? i'm a 40 year old single woman. i have just gotten out of the arguably the worst relationship of my life (with some equivalent badness from my late teenage years, but isn't that the point of late teenage years). you can see my posts here and here. I clearly have some issues to sort out and need to spend some time recovering from the chaos and i'm working on that in all the various ways (meditation, exercise, long walks, trying to eat right, time with loved ones, etc.) so hive mind, what i really need right now is some hope. please tell me your tales of 40+ happiness- romantic and otherwise. thanks!
posted by memi on Jul 1, 2011 - 38 answers

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill.

How to maintain hope that I will find someone to be in a committed relationship in the face of what feels like overwhelming odds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 - 21 answers

Pecan or Pecan't.

Our two fifty-foot pecan trees are almost dead (90%+ of the canopy is bare).We know that we need to remove the vast majority of the trees -- the dead limbs hang over our yard, roof, and deck, and are a hazard. But there are a few green shoots coming up toward the bottom quarter of the tree, maybe ten to fifteen feet up the trunk and out of the bottom of some of the branches. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I transfer colleges with a fresh start?

Is it possible to get accepted at a community college or university without submitting prior college transcripts and still get financial aid? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on May 31, 2010 - 7 answers

How to engage with the world again after a difficult start in life

How to increase my confidence, engagement, risk-taking, and openness in the world... I feel like a phrase I read once: "she had all of her emotional widgets broken off one by one". (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

You say Goodbye, I say Hello

The aughts were the worst decade (I hope) of my life. How can I say "fuck you" to them and welcome the next 10 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2009 - 33 answers

Safe vs. beautiful

I have to decide whether to return to medical school next year or not. Looking for lots of perspective. [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Nov 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there still honor among theives?

A coworker was robbed this week, and a box of very sentimental items was taken. Can anyone offer some advice for possibly having them returned or found? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Oct 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Attending a Seminar 101

I need to pick a seminar/conference/class/training/whatever for work to attend within the next 6 months or so, I have until 10PM to choose, and I have no idea where or what the cool stuff is. It should be at least tangentially related to my job as a Unix Systems Engineer/Python Guy, and preferably within the Northeast (NYC is where I'm located), although feel free to recommend anywhere in the US. [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Aug 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Future?

i am almost 30 and I have no future! help me convince myself I am wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 - 32 answers

Love and also?

"All you need is love." I need to find an empathetic rebuttal/clarification to this. [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Apr 5, 2009 - 41 answers

A gift that keeps on giving?

What to send a friend in rehab? [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 on Mar 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope?

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Where was Shepherd Fairy interviewed?

In the article regarding the AP demanding compensation for Shepherd Fairy's appropriation of a photograph of Obama for the "Hope" poster, it says:
"I donated an image to them, which they used. It was the one that said "Change" underneath it. And then later on I did another one that said "Vote" underneath it, that had Obama smiling," he said in a December 2008 interview with an underground photography Web site.
Which underground photography website would that be? Googling the quote, or variations of, only brings me this news article.
posted by Jimbob on Feb 5, 2009 - 5 answers

"Yes we/they/you can/should/did!" (How has profound democratic change come about in the past?)

"Is the hope for profound change misdirected in a country where almost 50% of the population voted for the incumbent party?" (Historical perspectives on this question, please) [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Nov 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Looking for contextual understanding of Hebrews 10:23

Seeking advice about a quote from Hebrews 10:23, which states "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." This is from one of the books of the New Testament (Epistle to the Hebrews). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Pulling the Fat out of the Fire

I have fucked up yet another academic semester. This is the third time--I fucked up as a freshman, took time off, came back, fucked up again, took more time off, and came back and have repeated the cycle. Only now, now that I've realized I've shot myself in the foot again, I desperately want to recover my academic career somehow. Is it possible? Is it over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 - 34 answers

Obey. I mean Hope.

Does anyone know where I can get a button with Shepard Fairey's Obama design? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 15, 2008 - 4 answers

She might leave for a job for good. How do I enjoy the month until I find out?

She might be leaving for good in one month, or not leaving at all. We find out in one month. How do I not ruin the next month for myself and her by being miserable about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Lack of Trust in My God in a Box

I would like to sense God in my life. I go to church regularly, pray, and read the Bible to understand Him better but I still have such deep bouts of depression where I either don't trust or sense his presence. There is a wide gap between what I believe with my heart and what I understand in my head. For example, I understand and believe in the sovereignty in God but when hard times come or extremely difficult emotions (despair) arise, that is the first thing I question. I am not looking for an easy life or a perfect life, just one that is able to trust God more. Any opinions on how to do this? I feel a great tension between trying harder, and just letting go but my letting go resembles more closely giving up than "letting God" if you know what i mean. To summarize, I want a stronger faith. Any ideas? Thanks so much for input.
posted by snap_dragon on May 8, 2008 - 58 answers

when does a wise man quit?

Background: I am 41 years old. I am 16 credits shy of graduating with a BS in Mathemathics. my GPA is 2.79, I have over 250 hours of attempted coursework, 144 of that is being counted towards my degree. I program and design software systems for a living. The Problem: I really love math and computer science but I am lousy at learning. when I say lousy I mean slow. [more inside]
posted by WannaBeAPhD on Apr 13, 2008 - 24 answers

Is there a way to relieve a bit of the pressure of depresison?

I'm in the bottom the stereotypical bleak pit of a crushing depression. I'm doing the therapy. I'm doing the medications. But what do you do with your brain meanwhile? How do you keep going on? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Mar 5, 2008 - 58 answers

Unfortunately, our snow tires just aren't that good...

With the coquihalla closed, what is the best way to get from Vancouver to Kamloops? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Feb 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Says Deavere-Smith, go West young man, despair, come back hopeful.

I remember seeing about 2 years ago a clip where Anna Deavere Smith was doing a piece on Cornel West. Channeling him saying that he uses the "language of despair" because you must despair before you can hope. Something like that. It was quite moving...and I've thought about it many times in the interim. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Feb 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Morpheus is a Meanie

Sandman Fans: I need a quotation, but I don't have the graphic novel. It's from the first volume. He's leaving Hell after retrieving one of his toys, and Morpheus says something about how the worst thing you can do to the condemned in Hell is give them hope. What's the actual quote?
posted by scaryblackdeath on Apr 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Teaching the Non-Rational Part of Yourself that Risk Isn't Always Pain?

How do you convince a part of your brain that seems unaccessible by cognitive function, yet holds beliefs that are affecting your life poorly? The combination of two such "unalterable" opinions has me currently locked into a course that will exacerbate, not solve, some very long-lasting problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 29 answers

Chin up, old boy!

How does an eternal pessimist find a ray of sunshine in a gloomy world? [more inside]
posted by nightengine on Aug 8, 2005 - 30 answers

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