Mental Health – Words Can’t Bring Me Down

For Valentine's Day, my wonderful husband made me a playlist of "Beautiful" songs. It included various versions of "You Are So Beautiful", "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt and many others. The one that always sticks in my mind is "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera. The line in the title is from that song. I have talked …

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Reblog – Song Lyric Sunday – Big White Room by Jessie J

While I have related to them, I have not reblogged a challenge post of any kind before, but this SLS pick by the challenge creator, Helen Vahdati, is like no other.

Right from the title, then into the lyrics and the way Jessie J sings it I felt it. Its meaning is both literally and figuratively strong for me. It meets me in

– the stark rooms at the hospital where I so often stayed during my late 20’s and through my 30’s to help stabilize my mental illnesses

– the places in my mind I would go to try and hide from all the bullying and criticism

– the various homes I lived in where I felt trapped by my fears of the world.

– the relationships that were unhealthy but I couldn’t seem to escape from.

Jessie J is one of those singers who can not just sing a song but she can make you feel it, whether it is your story or not. This one is definitely my story.

Or at least it was… it isn’t anymore.

Lydia!

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

Fear is a pretty powerful thing. I find it interesting that some scary movies out there actually deal with overcoming fear even while they’re trying to scare you to death. Gotta love those jump-scares though. They get me almost every time.

I first started thinking about songs with zombies and other types of scary movie horrors, but then I came across this song this morning and I knew it was going to be my song. I remember the first time my daughter played it for me. We were in the car, driving home from school. I cried while I was listening to it. Not only does Jessie J sing it masterfully (especially in the live, acoustic version), but the lyrics are powerful. They don’t contain the word “fear”, but they do refer to a genuine fear that I’ve dealt with in the past.

I do hope you enjoy!

Sitting in…

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Pink Shirt Day – Stop the Bullying

Today is once again Pink Shirt Day here in Canada, to raise awareness for bullying. I thought I would reprise my post from last year. Hope you like it.

Lydia!

(PS, The Background isn’t pink this time)

Being Lydia!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, is Pink Shirt Day in Canada. It is the day that we wear pink and promise that we will all do our part to stop bullying.

Like with Bell Let’s Talk Day in January, Pink Shirt Day is sponsored by the media (Shaw) who are donating $1 for every #PinkShirtPromise on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. You can check out the details at Shaw #Pink Shirt Day.

I was bullied all of my life. It didn’t matter where I lived, where I went to school, who I was friends with, the bullying followed me. I was told not to let them know that I was scared or sad, just walk away. That didn’t seem to work and I just held it all in and didn’t tell anyone.It began to feel like the bullies had to be right – I was ugly, fat…

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