I work in PR. It’s a business of endless touch bases, fire drills and pop-up crises. When Donald Trump started talking about vaccines and autism during the Republican Primary Debates last fall, my phone was ringing off the hook 10 minutes later about what needed to be done to salvage this PR nightmare. Mind you, this was 11 p.m.
These phone calls were extremely stressful (they still are) — it got so bad that I would get sick AT work from worrying about feedback or missing a deadline. Word to the wise, if you’re going to get into this industry, find some type of outlet.
Since I’m stuck at this place for now (like I assume most of you are), what I’ve found to be most relaxing during these times is to put on my favorite 69-(#nice)-year-old pirate, entrepreneur, and margarita mogul: Jimmy Buffett.
It’s well-chronicled how much people love Buffett. Some even think he should run for president (which I fully support by the way). Whether it’s your professional or personal life, Buffett’s music is a temporary escape from the “same shit, different day.” I couldn’t do it without him, TBH.
Even going back to my college days, I would listen to ‘Boat Drinks’ while walking outside in the brutal rustbelt winters to study for finals. Knowing that I would be enjoying said ‘boat drinks’ in a couple weeks during Christmas vaca with the fam in Mexico. Oh, how the stresses of life have changed.
Are your nerves taking over? Here are some classic instances where Buffett will save you:
Sunday Scaries got you down?
“Come Monday, it will be alright.”
Hung up on something you messed up?
“Oh, yesterday’s over my shoulder/So I can’t look back for too long/There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me/And I know that I just can’t go wrong.”
Feel like the world is falling down around you?
“I’m just hangin’ on while this old world keeps spinning/And it’s good to know it’s out of my control/If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all this livin’/Is that it wouldn’t change a thing if I let go.”
Currently going through a quarter-life crisis?
“I’m growing older but not up…so let the winds of change blow over my head.”
Quickly going through your savings, but want to quit your job? (Jimmy wrote several of these to help us cope.)
“Public Relations, Public Relations/Ego inflation, that’s what I do/Isn’t it wonderful, isn’t it fabulous/Public Relations, such hullabaloo.”
Amen, Jimmy. Amen. .
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