Recently I rediscovered N'Sync's song Do Your Thing, and I think that since that day it's my most played song. If you were never an N'Sync fan or just have never heard this song, it is worth the listen. This is the song that gets me going everyday, partly because I don't want to disappoint young Justin Timberlake by not doing my thing, but also because it's just really motivational. If I'm in a funk or having a hard time getting myself going, all I have to do is listen to the chorus and I'm ready to go.
"Are you doing your thing and doing it well?
Are they looking at you hating singing, ooh?
Are you doing your thing and doing it good?
Do your thing"
They also repeat "believe can nobody do it better than you" throughout the song. When I was younger I think that I loved the song because I was in love with Justin Timberlake and I thought that the music was nice, but as an adult I feel that I can relate to the questions that they ask throughout the song. Before you laugh, how do you think your days would be different if every morning you asked yourself, "are you doing your thing and doing it well?" Just by asking yourself that, you stop to think, "am I at my best"?
I'm not writing this to just dissect the song Do Your Thing, but I want to talk about finding and doing your thing; not just your thing, but your thang!
What's the difference between a thing and a thang, well it's mostly about the emphasis behind it. When you're doing your thang, you're doing what makes your soul sing. Odds are that you have an idea of what it is that cause your soul to do flips, that thing that gives you utter satisfaction in the pit of your stomach. For me, it's creating. When I'm creating something whether it be through photography, writing, or drawing, I feel at my best. Not sure what your thang is quite yet? That's okay, you don't have to know it right now.
Doing your thang doesn't only have to apply to doing that one thing that gives you joy, but it can be applied to your daily life. You would be doing your thang daily if you put yourself into everything that you do, and do everything to your fullest extent. Not only does it mean that you would be trying to do your best with everything that you do, but doing your thang daily makes you feel better at the end of the day. Imagine how your day different your day would be if you told yourself everyday that you were going to do your best.
I'd like to hear from you:
Is there a song that gets you motivated to do your best?
What's your thang?