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How Train's Pat Monahan keeps himself focused on the moment

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As part of Audacy's I'm Listening series highlighting how talking and connecting with others can have the power to save lives, Train singer Pat Monahan tells host Mike Adam what keeps him in a happy and healthy mindset while on and off the road.

“Going to the UK and Europe was really good for me because I go through periods of really not being confident wanting to take time off, perhaps being done,” Monahan tells us of how traveling and getting in front of fans helps lessen his insecurities. “When I was in the U.K. and Europe, I was like, ‘Wow, maybe I should keep doing this,’” he adds.

“So, moments like that really helped me. I wish it was more internal, but I really do need external. I'm the last of seven kids,” Pat explains. “I think you live your whole life, needing people to accept you and keep telling you that you are good enough and whatever. I wish internally I could do that better, but I do need that outside force.”

“Having a song like ‘Long Yellow Dress’ and people responding to it and you know, TikTok doing better for us… those things are all motivating because it's hard, man. It's hard to be in your job because you can't help but compare yourself to the guy that you came up with that's doing slightly better,” the Train singer says. “You're never thinking about the person that didn't do as well because you've moved past it.”

“It's a challenging thing, humanity… Happiness is a fleeting movement where you catch a glimpse of it and then you move on.” Monahan says. “Social media, the Internet, is the greatest and the worst place in the world. It's funny -- somehow the algorithms that have chosen me are golf, fitness, and -- I don't even have a pet but -- animals, and babies. And I'm kind of cool with it. I'm not opposed to any of it.”

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988. Find a full list of additional resources here.

Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Mike Adam

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