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Song Of The Week: “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine

and it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off. ooooh!”

This song captured me the moment I first heard it and will never get old for me. Not only is her voice moving and powerful, her the lyrics are as well. Her voice is so pure and strong, it’s hard not to be entranced by it. This song has such an uplifting feel about it.

I think it’s about letting the past be the past. About letting go of your demons so that you can move forward onto something better. About not letting something bad from the past hold you back.

However, I can relate it to my health as well. For people with chronic pain, it’s hard not to get angry because of the situation we’ve been handed. I, myself, have found myself multiple times being so angry and frustrated that my headaches have taken over my life and caused me to alter everything I do because of them.

However, constant anger just leads to your own demise. I try to get my anger out by writing, crafting, cooking, hanging with friends and listening to songs like this. If you focus on something better, something more positive, the anger can disappear. We need to make anger take a seat behind happiness and joy. This song really embodies that idea. That we need to shake off our inner demons, anger and frustrations. Shake it all off because it’s always darkest before the dawn. We go through the bad times to make way for more good times.

I listen to this song when I am sad & discouraged but also when I’m feeling proud and brave.

This song is definitely worth a listen (or a few)!

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