“Back to Black” Amy Winehouse

Even though this song was released in 2006, I didn’t really start listening and appreciating it until 2011, ironically enough.  It had been on heavy rotation on my iPod for several months before Amy Winehouse died in July of that year.

Now when I listen to it, the song takes on a different meaning. I not only identify with the words (see below), but with the songstress, herself. Though my demons aren’t nearly as intense as hers probably were, I do struggle with overcoming my past, dealing with my present, and wrestling with my future.

We all have things that weigh heavily on us and keep us from becoming the kind of people we aspire to be. Whether it’s past bad decisions and addictions or messy relationships and broken promises, things can start to seem hopeless, but that’s not the case.

But for me, running has always been a time to sort those things out, to get a fresh perspective. Things that seem like a huge deal in the middle of the situation don’t seem so looming with the sun on your face and the wind rushing past.

So when life seems overwhelming and you have no idea how to tackle a problem, go for a run and give yourself a chance to clear your head and refocus. There’s a reason most rehab places encourage daily physical activity.

And if your issues are bigger than one run can solve, reach out to someone, a friend, a family member, a counselor. Here’s a list of additional resources that may be able to help.

“We only said goodbye with words

I died a hundred times

You go back to her

And I go back to black”

-Amy Winehouse

Video credit to AmyWinehouseVevo.

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