I was the teenager your parents warned you about. I was the “bad influence”, I was the one that continuously pushed the boundaries, I was the epitome of “I know something bad could happen, but it would never happen to me”, I was an absolute wreck. Of course now as I look back at that time; one, I wonder how my parents didn’t kill me and two after a lot of therapy, I now realize why I acted so self-destructive-but this isn’t about that. This is about the fact that I think those years of ridiculous and chaotic behavior were absolutely necessary. From 15-17 (and a little, 18 and 19) I was a version of myself that needed to exist in order for THIS version to exist. This 26 year old version of; emotions, love, music, happiness, laughter, hippie-behavior, writing, reading, dancing, family-oriented, full of excitement version is the real me.
From the ages of 15-17 I felt like I was running away from something or running towards something, the point is I wanted to be anywhere but where I was. I welcomed bad company, I accepted dangerous dares, I allowed people to play with my heart, I obsessed over people who would eventually hurt me and refused to acknowledge the people who truly cared. I was so far away from “home” I struggled to get back. Then one day, I’m not sure what triggered it and I have no idea how I got back but I eventually clawed my way back “home”. By “home” I mean the place where I felt most comfortable; close to my family and away from the bad influences and the bad decisions.
Which brings me to this Music Monday, today I introduce you to Runaway by Aurora. I came across this song, while browsing YouTube videos and her voice accompanied by the music behind the song brought back the memories of my confusing teenage years.
The first time I heard this song I thought; “Who is this girl and where has she been all my life?” Turns out she is a 19 year old singer from Norway, who will (no doubt in my mind) be taking over the music world in no time. “Runaway” carries a sense of maturity that is sometimes missed when listening to any other 19 year old artist. The song seems to be a lost love and yet, the desperation in the lyrics makes it so easy to relate it to my troubled teenage years.
And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
And I was dancing in the rain
I felt alive and I can’t complain
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore
This is definitely an artist you are going to want to look out for, she has slowly been making her way into the U.S. and if this song is any indication of her talent, well then the world is in for a treat.
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