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My friend text me the other day and told me to look up this song. I found it to be very inspirational. It seems that in today’s society everyone wants to kick you when your down. They throw all of your bad mistakes in your face without even taking a chance to see what sin they have committed. People assume that we are so fragile and breakable like glass and paper. What’s amazing is that we have complete control. We can let them break us and tear us apart…only if we let them. Sometimes we have to let everything go and let people do their worst. But I love the part that says,

Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper!
Like a skyscraper!

I love this part of the chorus because people can say what they want to try and break you, but the strength is in you to stand tall and keep pressing on despite everything. It’s a cool thought because skyscrapers are tall buildings that command attention and always catch your eye. Just like when we look up to see how high a building is built, your oppressors will have to look up to you because they will have failed in tearing you down. Don’t let anyone push you around. You have the control so don’t give it up to those who want you to feel broken.

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Believe – Staind

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

It hard when you are chasing after your dreams. You tell people what you’re going to be and how you’re going to do. Sometimes things don’t work out as we planned and it’s harder to get where we want. It’s hard when it seems that everyone starts to second guess you and if you really have what it takes to fulfill your dreams. It helps when you have that one person standing behind you and rooting you on as you work through the details. It may take a long time or it might happen over night but it always helps to surround yourself with people who will support you no matter what.

Have you ever been with someone and you felt lost in the midst of your happiness? Everything is so perfect in the relationship but you don’t know who you are or what you would do if that person were to leave. It’s hard to think about sometimes but there are times when walking away is the best thing. It’s so easy to lose yourself in someone’s life. We get busy making sure that they are happy that we forget about ourselves, our passions, interests, and hobbies. We lose sight of some of the things that attracted that person to us. I like this song because as hard as it is sometimes, the best thing is to let go, so you can figure out who you are. Love isn’t always black and white. There are times when it’s perfect but in reality it’s not where we are supposed to be. What’s harder than walking away is learning to be okay that the person we love is now being held by someone else or being loved in the way we couldn’t love them. If we were to be in a relationship that we were numb in we would be cheating ourselves and the other person of “happily ever after.” We would eventually become frustrated and resentful. Sometimes in life we have to be selfish and think about what we need whether it hurts the other person. You have to know who you are with or without someone. That way, not matter what you go through, you will always land on your feet.

Brick By Brick ~ Train

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

I highly recommend listening to this song! Sometimes in relationships you hit a rough patch and it seems as though the love is ending. In relationships there comes a time when you have to take a timeout and remember and the reasons why you are together in the first place. Even though you go through some tough situations it does not mean that it has to end. “Brick by brick” you can get back to where you once were. All it takes is spending some time with each other and showing one another that you are there to stay. It won’t always be easy but it will be worth the fight.

I like this song for the simple fact that it challenges us to look back at the old days. The days when we struggled to get to where we are. The days when we were just ourselves and didn’t have the pressures of living up to anyone’s expectations except for our own. When days were simpler and there wasn’t so much stress. The days when we could be ourselves and never had to explain or apologize for it. The days when our passions drove us instead of a paycheck. I think we could all use a wish right now. There are times when we lose ourselves in the daily grind and find it hard to find time to do what we love and just chill. We reflect on the “good days” and wish to go back but the past is the past. The past wasn’t meant to last. We have today so we have to find what we are passionate about and run with it and never look back. Never forget to keep life simple and take control of our own destiny. Not let politics or people bully us into following the rules. Rules were meant to broken and taking risks is the only way to live. Break free and go with your passion and bring the strength you had in the past to now because only you can control your destiny. Don’t forget to wish on airplanes and shooting stars.

The opening verse in Jar of Hearts has one line that sticks out to me. “You lost the love I loved the most.” is one line that I think a lot of people can relate to. There is someone who we love unconditionally and with all our hearts, but sometimes things don’t work out, and then it’s over and we didn’t have a choice. The only choice you have is to live without them however easy or hard. It’s exceptionally hard when you know that person you loved so much is running around and making a mess of love. Taking and using people and then when they are ready to settle down or there is no one left they come back. This song speaks so much strength. It would be so easy just to go back into the arms of the one who hurt you but in the end it would be the worst thing. When I was a teenager I met someone who I thought I loved. We dated for a summer and then when the summer ended so did we. He only came back when he was lonely. There were a few times he stood me up to hangout with other girls, and I was left to wonder why I was never good enough for him. He tried to come back when I was 20. I didn’t let him and he moved on. There were many time that “I wished I had missed the first that we kissed. I love the chorus in this song! Seriously, “who do these people think they are” that they can just run around breaking people’s hearts? This will always be one of my favorite songs. Jar of Hearts is a song that will continue to remind us that we deserve better and deserve someone who will keep their promises, continue to fight for us, and will never leave us to figure out how to put “the light back in our eyes.”

How many times have we said if I could go back I would change this…or I have enough time to tell someone how I feel about them? I’m sure none of us can quote and exact number. Sometimes we take time for granted. We think I have more than enough time to reach my goals and dreams. I have more than enough time to become the person I want to be. But the truth is we really only have today. Today is all we have. Yesterday’s are gone and what’s done is done. This song really opened my eyes to the reality that I could end this day and not say all the things I want to say or do all the things I want to do. I like the part in the song that says…

“Imagine all the times that you could take back
What would you have done differently?
Thoughts in your head you never said
or a heart that you broke and left for dead
If all the pain you had could be released….”

There are plenty of things I wish I could take back, but there are times that I wish I could go back and say all that I needed to say. Being young we see the people in our world as invincible but when you get that call that your friends, only a year older than you, passed away your perception on life becomes twisted and realistic. We can’t go back and fix the past but we can fix the future so my question for you is….

“What would you do? What would you say?
If everyone you love came back for just one day?
How would it feel if every dream came real?
and all the scars you have fade away
for just one day…”

 

This is probably one of the most relate-able songs. Ever since grade school we all at one point tried to “fit in.” We would stick our likes and beliefs on a dusty shelf for the sake of being the “it” person. In doing that, we eventually loose ourselves and the person we always dreamed of being. The beginning of this song says it all.

I guess i just got lost
Bein’ someone else
I tried to kill the pain
Nothin ever helped
I left myself behind
Somewhere along the way
Hopin to come back around
To find myself someday

 

We think that we can turn ourselves in to the type of person that everyone needs or is looking for, and then when things cool down we can work on becoming who we want to be. It doesn’t work that way and this song is a great way of reminding us of that. Also, we don’t have to wait for anyone to tell us what is acceptable or have to live up to anyone’s expectations. All we are required to do is be ourselves and follow our heart so we can “shine with our own light.” So the lesson here is just be yourself and never apologize for following your heart.

Best Love Song ~ T-Pain

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is such a sweet song! A lot of times we have a “special” song with a “special person.” What happens when you are with someone and you just can’t find a song that fits? Over the years many love songs have been written and performed. Best Love Song by T-Pain is one that I feel is one of the “Best.” It’s a simple song that says simply (and literally) “…baby I love you, I never put no one above you.” Sometimes it takes just a three-letter word and a promise that says it all. We don’t need these elaborate love songs to show how we feel about someone. I love you is usually enough.

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Couldn’t Decide…

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

As I was looking for a song for this post I ran across many good ones. Some I hadn’t heard in a while and it sent me spiraling down memory lane. It was hard to pick just one song. It came down to a toss-up between “World So Cold” by Three Days Grace, “Dear Agony” – Breaking Benjamin and “Scars” from Papa Roach. All three of these songs are deep and reach to the core of our emotions. There are times when we try to hide it but like in “World So Cold” sometimes we become so numb we fail to realize what is going on around us. “Scars” by Papa Roach defines what it is that can get us living in a “World So Cold” because sometimes we give too much of ourselves. We love someone so deeply that when we run into the fork in the road where we are forced to choose, to love in hurt or walk away. It’s never an easy choice but sometimes we have to save ourselves and let others, even the ones we love, live with the consequences of their actions. “Dear Agony” by Breaking Benjamin explains what it feels like to lose that “light” in your life. It’s never easy to move on from hurt, and sometimes we find ourselves in the pit of despair and it seems that not even love can bring us back. There is a voice inside that tells you to keep fighting while the hurt and agony of heartache fight just as hard. Through pain I am sure these songs were written but there is a happy ending to it all. It may not be the day after or even the year after but eventually life will pick up where it left off, and agony is replaced with joy and tears are replaced with laughter. It’s in these times you have to depend on those around you, and even listen to music that can reach you in a place that no one else can.