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Music with meaning

When I was being bullied I turned to family, friends and music for support. I hope the following songs bring comfort and help you through your difficult period(s).

If you have found meaning in music, please list your power anthem(s) below.

Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

“If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change”

If we want to end bullying, we need to stop bullying each other. If we learn to manage our emotions and engage in respectful dialogue, we will be modeling appropriate behaviour.

Childhood – Michael Jackson

“Before you judge me, try hard to love me.
The painful youth I’ve had”

We carry the wounds of our childhood well into adulthood. Rather than criticizing others, what would happen if we tried to love the other and tried to understand their past? This is a tall order and I think humanity is capable of showing compassion.

Try – Colbie Caillat

“Wait a second,
Why should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?

Take your make up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?”

This song (and video) is incredible! In the world of filters, photoshop, and snapchatting, who are we pleasing and impressing? Lets take a breath and get to know ourselves.

Brave – Sara Bareilles

“Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue”

For all the bystanders, this song is for you! You have the power to speak-up and potentially establish a new normal.

Speaking-up takes courage and once you come forward, you will be a leader and others will follow you lead.

Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ft. Mary Lambert

“If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser

It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself

When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal, damn right I support it

A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are”

This song has soul and the line, “No freedom ’til we’re equal, damn right I support it” continues to resonate with me.

Beauty – Shaye

“And the day that you spin
From your little cocoon
Well, you can’t be prepared
For the beauty you’ll find there
And you will find beauty
In the toughest of places”

Transformations are challenging, gurgling and draining. However, transformations yield beautiful results.

If you pick on others, use your skills to make a positive difference.

If you get picked-on, seek support and embrace who you are.

If you witness an unsavory event, stand-up and empower others to do the same.

Not Afraid – Eminem (song contains graphic language)

“And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons
I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!”

Life presents us with choices: we can admit defeat and succumb to the words of another OR we can  implement healthy coping mechanisms and take steps to better the situation.

Change is not easy: it is hardwork. If you are bettering yourself, you are investing in your personal growth and in your future.

The Middle – Jimmy Eats World 

“Hey, you know they’re all the same.
You know you’re doing better on your own, so don’t buy in.
Live right now, yeah, just be yourself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.

Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.”

Life has helped me move from dependence to independence to interdependent. Each stage prepared me for the next so don’t be afraid to be on your own. Take time to discover who you are.