Monday, March 20, 2017

Music Mantra Monday: Advocating For Those Who Don't/Can't For Themselves.



***WARNING: Today's song contains lyrics that are unsuitable for some readers. I know that I have younger followers so please be aware of this before you read the lyrics, or listen to the song.***

Mental/emotional struggles.

Psychological hurdles.

Living with developmental issues and special needs.

Addiction.

These are all areas that are very close to my heart, and that I have no fear in advocating for. People who struggle in these areas do not always have the proper support, information and guidance they need to help them get past hurdles they face. Which is why I often stand up for those who can't or won't.

I have experienced, and have been touched on a personal level, in each of these areas. I understand all too well the pain of witnessing someone we love, or even a person we aren't close to, but feel drawn to, go through the toughest of times. And I also understand the gut-wrenching feeling of powerlessness of not knowing how to help, especially in the case of addiction. But just giving a voice, no matter how small it is, for someone brave enough to reach out can help more than we realize.

I used to have a blog dedicated to those who needed advice, information and support direction in these various issues. Unfortunately, due to time restraints and other more personal events going on in my own life, I had to let it go. But in light of several people I know, and a few that have contacted me personally, I am going to begin to highlight specific awareness-raising events that occur during each month we enter.

This month, I would like to throw out some information on two specific causes that are trying to get their messages out. One, as many of you know, is close to my heart because I have two children with developmental issues. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. There are many ways you can participate, even if it is just posting on Facebook or Tweeting.

This month also focuses on Self-Harm Awareness. Although the actual awareness-raising campaign is on the 1st of March, some organizations do things throughout the month. I strongly encourage you to check out the link and learn about this issue. It mostly affects our young people and we need to be willing to, at the very least, understand why these people go through this. There is always an underlying reason, and it is a very individual thing. I give a huge kudos to those who have gone through this, or still going through it, and are brave and strong enough to tell their stories so others can see past the taboos and sterotypes.

Today's song of choice is It's Been Awhile by Stain'd. I chose this song because the lyrics may really hit home for those going these struggles. All I can say is that it may seem dark right now for some, but there are those of us that care and are trying to make others understand and care too.

We all need that one person who believes in us to guide us to where we need to be. They are there. You just need to hold on and keep moving.



It's been awhile
Since I couldn't
Hold my head up high
And it's been awhile
Since I first saw you
And it's been awhile
Since I could stand
On my own two feet again
And it's been awhile
Since I could call you
And all the things I can't remember
As f****d up as it all may seem
The consequences that are rendered
I stretch myself beyond my means
And it's been awhile
Since I could say
That I wasn't addicted
It's been awhile
Since I could say
I loved myself as well
And it's been awhile
Since I've gone and
F****d things up
Just like I always do
And it's been awhile
But all that s***
Seems to disappear
When I'm with you
And everything I can remember
As f****d up as it all may seem
The consequences that I've rendered
Have gone and f****d things up again
Why must I feel this way?
Just make this go away
Just one more peaceful day
It's been awhile
Since I couldn't
Look at myself straight
And it's been awhile
Since I said, "I'm sorry"
And it's been awhile
Since I've seen the way
The candles light your face
And it's been awhile
But I can still remember
Just the way you taste
And everything I can remember
As f****d up
As it all may seem to be
I know it's me
I cannot blame this on my father
He did the best he could for me
It's been awhile
Since I couldn't
Hold my head up high
And it's been awhile
Since I said, "I'm sorry"

No comments:

Post a Comment

Video trailer for BLACKBIRD FLIES!


Video Trailor for JUST SHUT UP and DRIVE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRr-vJ8W7YA