One of the songs I sing to myself when I am feeling anxious or sad is “Here Comes A Thought” from Steven Universe. It goes:
“Take a moment to think of just/flexibility, love, and trust./Here comes a thought,/that might alarm you./What someone said,/and how it harmed you./Something you did,/that failed to be charming./Things that you said are/suddenly swarming and, oh./You're losing sight,/You're losing touch./All these little things seem to matter so much,/that they confuse you,/That I might lose you./Take a moment remind yourself to,/take a moment and find yourself,/Take a moment to ask yourself if/this is how we fall apart?/But it's not, but it's not, but it's not, but it's not, but it's not./It's okay, It's okay, It's okay, It's okay, It's okay./You've got nothing, got nothing, got nothing, got nothing to fear./I'm here, I'm here, I'm here.”
Even though this is a show for kids, I think the overall message of the show—this song in particular—is one that anyone of any age could benefit from. Sometimes in life, things don’t go as planned. Every morning we wake up with some idea of how we want the day to go and sometimes the day goes as planned. However, other times that is not the case. For example, a few days after Christmas, I got into a car accident on my way home. Did I plan on getting hit by a car? Absolutely not! But did I end up getting hit by a car? Yes. If we could control every part of our day, believe me, I would’ve hoped to get home safely. Unfortunately, we cannot, and I did not. What I am trying to say is, sometimes things in our lives just happen to us. For the good things, we celebrate; and for the bad things, we listen to this song. This song is the epitome of realizing that even though you aren’t perfect and that things don’t always go your way; you are still okay. It reminds us to not let life get us down and that sometimes we need to do a mental health check. For instance, the part: “all these little things seem to matter so much, that they confuse you, that I might lose you” tells us that every little thing affects us, whether we realize it or not. So, before all those little things cause us to lose ourselves, we have to “take a moment remind yourself, to take a moment and find yourself, take a moment and ask yourself, if this is how I fall apart?” Most of the time you will find that the answer is no. However, it is okay if the answer is sometimes yes because now that you have located the problem, you can work on fixing the problem and changing that original yes answer to a resounding no.
-Jasmin Augustus, Gemini, Juris Doctor Candidate 2019