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Three Song Survival Kit For Valentine’s Day

Holidays can be hard, especially Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’ve experienced a breakup or other kind of loss.  Maybe this holiday or this time of year reminds you of something else, or someone else.  Maybe right now is just really hard.  I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone, and it won’t always be like this.  

That’s where Elton John comes in. I’m not saying that everything can be solved in three songs, but sometimes the perfect song in the right moment is helpful.  I hope this helps.  

Song #1 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues. 

This song is all about speaking truth.  They call it the blues because that’s what it is.  Being honest about the situation is important.

“Don’t wish it away,
Don’t look at it like it’s forever.
Between you and me I could honestly say
That things can only get better.”


Song #2 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)

You aren’t alone in this.  Other people have felt much the same as you.  Call a friend.  Turn on the radio.  Put this next song on repeat and sing along with Sir Elton at the top of your lungs.  

There is a proverb that says “Troubles shared are troubles halved.” Elton tells us he understands that in this song. 

“Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain
And ironing out the rough spots
Is the hardest part when memories remain
And it’s times like these when we all need to hear the radio
‘Cause from the lips of some old singer
We can share the troubles we already know
Turn ’em on, turn ’em on
Turn on those sad songs
When all hope is gone
Why don’t you tune in and turn them on”


Song #3 – I’m Still Standing

It’s time to give yourself some credit.  Times get hard.  YOU ARE HERE.  No matter what happened, you’re still standing, and that is a cause worthy of celebration.  

“Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah”

I’m not saying it’s a straight line.  You might need to listen to these songs on repeat.  Just remember, others have been in similar situations, and you aren’t alone!!! Now, go dust yourself off, and be your fabulous self!!  YOU GOT THIS.  

If you need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. To learn how to get help for yourself, a loved one, a friend or someone else who is at risk for suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.   


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