As part of a new recurring series on the blog, I will be sharing a ‘MBNB Song of the Month’. It could be a song I can’t stop listening to right now or a song I have a history with. It could be a song that I don’t know much about or that I have heard a thousand times. Regardless of the reason, these songs have inspired me and my mental health, and I want to share them with you. Whether you’ve heard of them or not, I hope these songs give you more insight into my world and my approach to mental health. This month’s song is “You Are Enough” by Sleeping at Last.
One of my favorite things about music is the sheer immensity of it all. It seems like there’s always something more to explore, a new artist to discover or a new type of music to fall in love with. I discovered Sleeping At Last only a few years ago, but the deep dive I’ve been able to take into this music has given me many wonderful experiences. As someone who doesn’t have much skill in writing about music, the sound of Sleeping At Last is difficult to describe. In my experience, the music ranges from a dream pop type sound to something ambient and calming (doing this research has also led me to a type of music called “baroque pop” which sums it up pretty well).
My favorite part about Sleeping At Last’s music is how it makes me feel. I become introspective when I listen to this music; I think about my place in the world, in the lives of others, and how I can better connect with the world around me. There are many songs that are meaningful to me, but the one I want to talk about has been a huge motivation for me on my mental health journey. “You Are Enough” came out in 2014 as part of the album “Atlas”.
As you can probably tell from the title, the lyrics of this song immediately resonated with me. They stay with me when I have doubts and negative thoughts, and serve as a reminder of who I am:
You are enough, you are enough, you are enough, you are enough
These little words are somehow changing us.
You are enough, you are enough, you are enough
So we let our shadows fall like dust
“You Are Enough” by Sleeping At Last
But it’s not just about the lyrics. Sometimes songs that have positive or inspiring messages can seem extremely dramatic, but this one makes me feel… different. The music is lighter, brighter and cleaner. It’s almost as if these songs serve as a reminder, something to listen to when we get stuck in the doldrums of life. We are enough; in fact, we always have been and always will be. And this song makes it known and understood that this is a universal truth.
This has become one of my favorite songs and one that I play most constantly; It’s become a song I’ve leaned on during tough times, and one I play when my anxiety gets the best of me and my brain is moving a million miles per hour. It’s a song I play when it seems like my depression will never end, when I forget that I have a purpose in the world. When I hear it, I smile and remember that I am enough.
Regardless of the type of music you like, I recommend everyone reading this post to listen to music that awakens something in you and makes you feel things. This song helps me connect with myself, remember my place in the world, and remind me that I am, and always was, enough. And you too.