Ever been hit by a brick?
Well, neither have I. But there are some songs that come on in shuffle that feel like I was hit with a brick. They force me to acknowledge and revisit truths that I’ve learned.
Many little things sometimes push you to stop, take a minute, think about the moment and the feeling you just had. Music is one of those things.
The order of the lyrics—matched perfectly with the tune. It has a way of grabbing my attention, grounding me, and reminding me of ideas I need to remember.
Here are some of the songs that ground me back into the truths of reality.
1. “Life is Beautiful,” by Lil Peep
Sometimes it is hard to remember to see the bigger picture of life; it’s hard to see past all the hardships and the darkness in the world. “Life is Beautiful” by Lil Peep is a reminder that life is beautiful because of the ups and downs, the mountains and valleys. This world is brutal, unfair, blunt, and will beat you up sometimes. It doesn’t mean you stay down and give up.
Yes, those mountains seem impossible to climb and they will knock you down. But there are always opportunities to learn, grow, and handle the next challenge with experience. Life is truly beautiful; everything imperfect is worth loving.
2. “Tsunami,” by Russ
Life does sometimes feel like you are drowning in a tsunami.
“Tsunami” by Russ reminds me that it is okay to be selfish and confident in yourself sometimes—especially when no one else does. Having the strength and strong mindset to motivate yourself to reach the highest altitudes. Everyone is in the race but in different places.
Life knocks you down sometimes, and it is your responsibility to pick up the pieces. It takes work to discover who you are and make your way in this dark world. It is good to be confident in yourself to achieve everything you are hungry for.
3. “Jar of Hearts,” by Christina Perri
There will come times when you have to solely rely on yourself. There are people who will disrupt your path, hinder your dreams, and break your heart.
Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” is on my heartbreak playlist. It’s a hard truth to accept that some men, some people, will hurt you. They only want to collect broken hearts.
This song taught me that not everything people say is how they truly feel. Some people are heartbreakers who love to control their partner. That even the people we thought we loved the most can do the most damage and still be the hardest goodbyes to say.
4. “One Call Away,” by Charlie Puth
If we’re lucky though, the ones who love us and we love the most are never going to say goodbye and are always there.
“One Call Away” by Charlie Puth is a wonderfully comforting song.
I remember singing the song in the car with my mother for years. She tells me all the time that no matter what, she is always in my corner, always there when I need her, and is only ever one phone call or text away.
I love when this song comes on in shuffle; it never ceases to put a smile on my face, reminding me of the few people I love the most are always there and are never going away. They are simply “one call away.” A lovely reminder of a constant connection with the people we love the most.
5. “Grateful,” by Spencer Sutherland
Sometimes this reminder comes when I need it the most.
In a similar way, “Grateful” by Spencer Sutherland is a song that never ceases to put a smile on my face. Not only reminding me to stay alive for all the little beautiful moments in life but also to look back on everything I’ve accomplished—especially overcoming hardships and feeling the most pain. Those moments are when I do the most growing and learning.
It’s good to look back on those hard times with gratitude and an open mind.
I have many memories of screaming this song in the car hundreds of times. It is one of the main songs that reminded me to be happy in the life I am living. Staying alive for the little beautiful moments in life. No matter how imperfect you are, you are worthy of love and living a beautiful life.
Every part of life is convoluted and messy, but it is also beautiful and wonderfully weird. Live and love to the fullest.
It should be cherished, appreciated, and shared with those we love the most.