I went on a journey with my girls this summer into the world of KPOP (Korean Pop Music).
Now before you leave this page, please hear me out. I was skeptical when my 12 year old had me sit down and watch my first KPOP video. How could I relate to these teenagers/young adults? I didn’t speak their language or understand their culture. What did I have to gain?
Yet, as I listened to the music and read the English subtitles, I was amazed at the depth of emotion. The words these boys had skillfully weaved into verse and song pulled at my heart until I found myself in tears. And they’ve continued to find the words to breach my heart over and over as the months have gone by.
Stray Kids’ new album released at the beginning of August and once again I find myself slack-jawed over the emotionally raw lyrics many of the songs contain. One in particular continues to play on ‘repeat’ in my playlist.
How many of you have ever had to engage in an epic battle against your own inner voices? You know, the voices trying to convince you to give up and quit? The ones telling you that you are not good enough, smart enough, or worthy of love? Perhaps your voices have even told you the world would be a better place without you in it?
My voices have told me all these things and more. They nag, torment, scream, and rage until all I want to do is hide under my bed and fade away into dust. Unfortunately, it’s only been in the last few years I’ve begun to find the strength to fight back. And that’s why this song touches my heart so deeply.
In the song, “Voices”, Stray Kids address their struggles with their own voices. Some of the most relevant lines:
“The cold voices…I don’t wanna listen anymore…”
“I try to get out but there’s no way out until I find the exit…”
“At some point I started to hear these nagging sounds only….Now it’s noisy and I don’t want to hear no more…”
Once you start to hear the voices, they nag until you actually begin to listen. And once you listen, it’s not long before all you can hear are the cold voices trying to drag you into darkness and despair.
“Now they’ve been going around,
They’re lingering in my mind and making me dizzy.
Against the voices harassing me, I cry out again…”
“Step out of them voices;
With my ears closed let me shout again;
Step out of them voices;
Break free from the voices in my head.”
Did you read that slowly? We have to find the strength to cry out against these voices. It’s the only way to fight back and change the way we see ourselves. Toward the end of the song, the voices start to change. Some of the most powerful lyrics give us the secret to overcoming the negative voices and bringing forth the positive:
“No more, no more,
Don’t try to change me,
No voice, no voice;
Don’t make me dizzy anymore.”
“Hey, cut these useless thoughts;
Do everything as you like.”
“Hey, don’t get fooled,
You know they’re wrong;
Please do it your way…”
We have to actively respond to the negative voices. We have to drown them out with positive thoughts. I know, I know…How is this possible when everything feels so bad inside? Well, I didn’t say it would be easy. I just said we have to do it.
I know as well as you just how difficult it is to change those voices in our heads. But if we don’t strive to break free from the voices in our heads, we surrender ourselves to misery.
Don’t be fooled. Those voices in your head are wrong. You deserve so much more. I deserve more. We all deserve to feel positive and have a bright outlook on life. But just because we deserve it, doesn’t mean we won’t have to work for it. What can you start doing today to work toward a more positive tomorrow? What positive thoughts can you use to battle the negative voices in your head so that you might finally “Step Out of Them Voices“?