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I'm really enjoying all the thought-provoking feedback people are providing...
@phil36 and @Rosemaryx, I think you made important points about having to be careful about what we listen to.
I can't say that I have an "official" eating disorder, as I've never been medically diagnosed, but I'm very open about the fact that I all too easily lean towards "disordered eating." Food is its own drug in and of itself.
I was going through an especially tough time in my life where this was really taking over, and there happened to be a popular song on the radio with lyrics that chanted, "more, more, more," which, at the time, is the exact same way I felt about certain foods. God convicted me to stop listening to that song (when I had a choice -- unfortunately, we often don't have one, such as at work,) because I believe He was trying to tell me that the lyrics were reinforcing my troubled feelings towards food.
This also made me think of Rosemary's post about listening to all love songs -- I have this hunch that the songs we listen to feed whatever we are most vulnerable to becoming addicted to. Whether it's romantic love, alcohol, drugs, drama, love relationships, sex... I often wonder how much healthier people would be if they were able to filter all those background messages out.
I know that for myself, I have to be careful with lyrics that say things such as, "I just can't get enough," "I need more," "More is never enough," etc., because it seems to shift my focus to the wrong things.
While I'll be the first to admit that it doesn't make the struggle go away, I have often wondered if people who feel that way about food would find themselves eating less (and maybe even losing some weight,) if they cut out any kind of message that keeps telling them, "I need more and I just can't get enough," day in and day out. I also wonder if it would help others with nearly any other addiction they might be facing, no matter what it is to.
@TheIndianGirl -- Thank you so much for your post -- I can relate to much of what you're saying. I've tried to "convert" to Christian music but find much of that problematic as well. For some reason, there are very few songs I like -- it's normal for me to sample 100 songs and maybe like only 1 -- and because of that, I either listen to the same songs I do like over and over, or else opt for playing podcasts/videos in the background instead.
Thanks for letting some of us know that it's ok that we might not be able to relate to music as well as others.
It's been very interesting to read people's thoughts on this (as well as the songs they share,) and I hope you all will continue!
Remember this album coming out when i was a teen. To me this song was about escaping my pain to go off to a fantasy world. Where i had friends, a clear mind and freedom. It was bittersweet. Even to this day this song affects me.
This song is in my senior year video it makes me miss my friends.
I miss the good ole days of high school and being with my Friends.
It was my Jam when I was a sophomore in high school I loved it when it come out
I was at this show best graduation gift ever oh my goodness I was so excited to see my favorite band again Jonas brothers fan since I was little oh my goodness I was just so emotional seeing them again.
To me the pain Hank Williams Sr. is displaying in his music literally makes me relax in a moody way. I grew up not far from where he did, and whenever I’m in those parts I can’t help but thinking about whether he has seen the same skies, the same trees or the same creeks I’m looking at when I’m out there.
Sometimes whenever some country music guy on the radio is playing that song, Old Country Church, or The Log Train, for that matter, despite how sad it makes me feel, my heart is filled with joy.