If you're anything like me, you prefer taking morning classes, but dread the act of actually getting out of bed when it comes time. But, anyone who does this for a long time will tell you that, much like starting a regular workout routine, it gets easier after awhile. Sure, you still roll out of bed, yawn like the undead, like the opening scene of Shaun of the Dead, feeling like death from partying the night before, but it becomes something of a discipline that has some pretty cool benefits. You learn time management, and if you play your cards right, you can get to enjoy a nice wake-n-bake while watching the sunrise.
So, what's the secret to shapeshifting from a nightcrawler into an early bird? In my experience, I've found these two things that give me the motivation I need to start my early class days right. First, I like to look in the mirror when I wake up and feed myself positive energy to boost my self-esteem. Positive energy comes in many forms, but I prefer a mantra; something like "I'm gonna make today my bitch!" The second thing I do is listen to my morning playlist. Nothing gets me more pumped than a dope soundtrack.
I can only help but so much with the first one because truly loving yourself begins and ends from within, but I can give you a few of my favorite songs that have been kid-tested and Satan approved to jumpstart your day off just right.
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em - Turn My Swag On
This song... is dumb, but also strangely amazing. There's definitely a positive message in this song about waking up and being the best person that you can be. I always think of Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec which always makes me giggle like a schoolgirl when this song comes on.
Rage Against The Machine - Down Rodeo
If it were up to me, this entire list would be nothing but RATM songs, but that would make this article pretty lame for those of you who don't care. If the hook to this song, "I'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun/ These people ain't seen a brown skin man/ Since their grandparents bought one", doesn't get you even a little bit excited, then you need to check your pulse.
Big Sean - I Don't Fuck With You
No matter where you go, what you do, who you hang with, there will be haters. They lurk in the darkness with gnashing fangs, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to destroy you. They thrive off of the attention. So, take this pearl of wisdom from Big Sean and don't fuck with 'em. They probably have bird brains anyway, regardless of who they are.
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In the Wall
The Gods of psychedelic rock wrote this song more so as a critique on the education system, but there's also a focus on anti-conformity and the importance of individuality. Us students obviously see the importance of a formal education, despite it seeming trivial at times. But it's easy to fall into a mindless routine and lose sight of who you are and what you stand for. Don't just be "another brick in the wall"!
Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
And, finally, we end with a classic for all of my fellow day trippers out there. Anyone who has puffed the magic dragon would know this gem, but for those that don't often, or at all, this song is best known for the lines, "I smoked two joints in the morning" and "I smoked two joints at night." During the second verse our ska lord and savior Bradley Nowell shares with us words of wisdom, which was passed down to him by a stranger who said, "Hard work good and hard work fine, but first take care of head." That could possibly be the most important lyric in this whole article.
Now that your cell phone's playlist has gone from 0 to 100, go out there and give the world hell, kid!