Surviving

SURVIVING

"This song touches my heart on the deepest level. It helps to know I am not alone in my suffering. Sometimes it’s definitely all I can to do keep going one minute at a time. Thank you Helen and Doug for this beautiful song that will play in my mind. Sometimes it’s enough to just survive hoping to find the purpose in our tragedies."

- MG

Surviving

 

You will never see inside

Until you're standing by my side

Come walk the roads I travel every day

You'll never really understand

That this is not the life I planned

Give me just a moment of your time

 

Chorus:

And everything within me now

Is aching for a better life

And all I'm doing now is just surviving

It seems I've lived a thousand lives

Waiting for a better time

And all I'm doing now is just surviving

 

I see a new perspective rise

I'll show the soul behind these eyes

I've tried so hard to break out from this place

Please don't judge the things I do

Cos underneath I'm just like you

All of us have pain we have to face

 

Repeat Chorus

Will you be the one to soothe my fears

Come a little closer to my tears

Oh, need Your grace

In the hardest place

 

And everything within me now

Is aching for a better life

And all I'm doing now is just surviving

It seems I've lived a thousand lives

Waiting for a better time

And all I'm doing now is just surviving

And all I'm doing now is just surviving

 

©2015 Helen Jayne Mckellar/Doug McKellar

It's a beautiful song that sums up poetically and to the core exactly what it is like to live (and survive) with a mental illness. What is also amazing is that the song also sums up how it feels to live with a chronic physical illness that disables and severely restricts your life and dreams. In that way, I think many more people will connect with and feel comforted by the song. But especially mental health.

What is also far-reaching with the song lyrics, and what makes it so clever, is that it can appeal to both people with faith (of varying faiths, too) and also people of none - the plea for understanding, love, compassion and acceptance can be aimed towards loved ones, friends, neighbours, counsellors, teachers etc as well as to God.

Sarah Bloodworth.