With finals rapidly approaching, I am beginning to slip into my panic mode. I’m writing this blog post with an elevated heart rate, in fact. The looming feelings of “I shoulds” are starting to creep into my mind. I should be studying xyz, I should be planning out my day to the second so I don’t miss an opportunity to do work, etc. etc.
The only “should” I recommend is the following: You should (only if you want to lol) stop and take a 44-minute break to watch country-pop singer Kacey Musgraves’ Amazon Prime holiday special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. I do truly believe this experience can be more than enjoyable for anyone – whether you’re a celebrator of Christmas and/or a lover of country-pop or not.
The special is vibrant and campy and magical all at once. The intersection of these attributes offers a little world to enter into: one that requires you to leave behind the stress of finals for a moment of musical immersion.
As Musgraves prepares for her own Christmas festivities, several other celebrities stop by to sing duets. Leon Bridges, Lana Del Rey and Zooey Deschanel (to name a few) pop by, much to Musgraves’ surprise. And Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek sassily narrates the whole evening in elf garb.
I think it’s absolutely critical to be cognizant of how we are mitigating our stress levels as finals rev up and above all know when to allow a bit of whimsy into our days to recharge. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show provided just that for me, and I hope it will do something similar for you too.