10 Songs That Will Emotionally Destroy You

10 Songs That Will Emotionally Destroy You

Grab some tissues, people.
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Music is arguably one of the most powerful forms of expression that we have. The emotional effect it can generate in one listener or an entire stadium is incredible, and we all have experienced something through music at one time or another. Because I believe that music should be both a shared and personal experience, I've compiled a list of ten songs that have probably (definitely) moved me to tears on one or more occasions with links to listen below:

1. Please Don’t Go - Barcelona

This song does an incredible job of expressing the ache of someone who knows the person they love is going to leave them. There aren't an abundance of lyrics, but the depth with which they are sung, as well as the beautiful instrumental break, are enough to land them on this list. There's something almost ghostly about the tracks opening, igniting the chills that are sure to last throughout the entirety of the song.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "If you want me to break down and give you the keys / I can do that but I can't let you leave"

2. Listen - Beyoncé (From the Motion Picture "Dream Girls")

Beyoncé gives one of her most powerful performances with this song. The song, which originated from the Broadway musical "Dream Girls," focuses on the character's decision to break away from the person that left her voice unheard. It focuses on self-discovery and the termination of an unhealthy relationship in order to be true to oneself and find one's own voice. Naturally, Beyoncé's voice does all of the talking here.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I am alone at a crossroads / I'm not at home in my own home"


3. Even My Dad Does Sometimes - Ed Sheeran

One of the few songs that doesn't appear to be about a broken relationship, this song attempts to empathize with the listener by addressing vulnerability and explaining that crying is not something to be ashamed of. However, there also seems to be an underlying tone of desperation, pleading with the subject to hold on for the night because things will ultimately get better.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "So don't wipe your eyes / Tears remind you you're alive"


4. Jealous - Labrinth

This song is sung from the perspective of someone who was once in a relationship with a person who has since moved on, and who can't bare to see them with another person. The message is one that is incredibly relatable, and the harsh reality is truly reflected in the pain that comes across in Labrinth's voice.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "It's hard for me to say / I'm jealous of the way / You're happy without me


5. Gravity - Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles knew what she was doing when she wrote this song. It details the difficulty of being trapped in an abusive relationship, one that the victim is begging to be ended. The entire song is devastating, but if you've heard the song, you know that the final climactic note is what makes it that much more emotional.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I never wanted anything so much / Than to drown in your love and not feel your reign"


6. I Can’t Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt (Bon Iver Cover)

This song is a true heartbreaker. While I enjoy the original version by Bonnie Raitt, something about Bon Iver's voice brings the record to life for me, but you can be your own judge of that. The song expresses the turmoil that comes with being in a relationship that is on the brink of extinction, told from the perspective of the person who is fighting to keep it alive.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I'll close my eyes/ Then I won't see / The love you don't feel / When you're holding me"


7. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Sleeping At Last

An upbeat song originally performed by The Proclaimers, this version slows things down and turns the listeners focus toward the lyrics. The piano chords are just slow and sad enough to truly pull at the heartstrings, and Ryan O'Neal's voice can bring anyone to tears within the first minute.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "And when I'm dreaming / Yes, I know I'm gonna dream / I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you"


8. Father - Demi Lovato

The newest song on this list, Demi successfully destroys every feeling we've ever had in this track on her album "Confident." After coming out with "For the Love of a Daughter," it became clear to audiences that Demi Lovato's relationship with her father was estranged as a result of a severe drinking problem. This song serves as a response to his recent death, expressing both hope for a better existence in Heaven as well as an emotional tug-of-war in which she tries to reconcile her feelings for her father. Lovato's voice is literally dripping with emotion, resulting in one of the most heartbreaking songs she has ever written. (Side note: jump to 2:58 if you're interested in hearing Demi's voice actually destroy your soul)
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: All of them, but specifically, "You did your best or did you? / Sometimes I think I hate you / I'm sorry, dad, for feeling this / I can't believe I'm saying it"

9. Leave Your Lover - Sam Smith

Written about an ex that undeniably broke his heart, Sam Smith's break out album "In The Lonely Hour" has no shortage of heartbreaking songs that can make your chest ache with sympathy. While I'm biased (this is easily my favorite album of all time), this first album has earned the British crooner 17 awards, four of which are esteemed Grammys such as Best New Artist and Song of the Year. His voice is something outside the reach of human understanding, and his passion resonates in every single track.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "You'll never know the endless nights / The rhyming of the rain / Or how it feels to fall behind / And watch you call his name"

10. One and Only - Adele

Like many of the artists listed above, Adele's multiple-award-winning albums often recount her tales of heartbreak and unrequited love. What makes her stand out is that, like Sam Smith, her voice is unlike anything the music industry has ever heard before. She is a power house with the ability to write and express raw emotion in her songs, and this song in particular really hits home in a way that many others don't.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I promise I'm worthy to hold in your arms"

Music has the inherent ability to connect both the listener and artist on an emotional level unlike any other forum of entertainment. Its cathartic nature causes us to react deeply and honestly, whether it be of joy, contempt, sorrow, or anger. Music has the ability to open our minds and break our hearts, and these are only ten of the millions of songs that have been produced to touch others' lives just as these have mine.

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18 Ways The Disney College Program Destroys You

"I can only hope we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse" - Walt Disney
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The Disney College Program, three little words that may or may not forever change your perspective of the world. Working for Disney has been my dream since I was a little kid. That’s all I ever wanted to do with my life-- to become a part of the magic. It wasn’t just because it’s Disney World, the most magical place on Earth. It's because I truly admire everything that this company stands for. Disney is all about bringing families and friends together, creating memories that will last a lifetime and sprinkling a little pixie dust over this magical place that I’ve called home for eleven months. I knew all of this when I received that “Congratulations!” email. Excitement rushed through my veins . The world of possibilities had finally opened its door for me. What I didn’t know, was what those possibilities truly meant, until post DCP depression kicked in. It's a real thing my friends.

1. You are always going to be an extremely friendly and approachable person.

No matter where you are or who you are talking to, you can't help to smile. You always carry a welcoming vibe with you, no matter what situation you are placed in. Working for Disney taught you how to have the patience of a Saint when it comes to dealing with people. You learned that the best way to communicate is listening to everyone with an open mind, even if they’re screaming in your face about Test Track being out of FastPasses.

2. You are constantly finding hidden Mickeys in the real world.

Admit it, your mind creates hidden Mickeys out of almost every random three circle formation. You can’t help it. You have Disney on your mind all the time.

3. You are FULL of Disney Park fun facts.

Did you know that there are 11,324 triangles that make up Spaceship Earth?!

You love sharing your vast pool of knowledge of random Disney Park fun facts. Sometimes even when people don't care about it, you just have to talk about all the things you learned as a CP.

4. You also may speak ride spiel.

“We're not gonna make it, we're not gonna make it"- Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

When you work for Disney, you live and breath Disney. You couldn't even count how many times you've been to the park, even just to hub grass and chill or ride the People Mover four times in a row. Those spiels were a part of your everyday life. You know when you are riding Hunted Mansion with a boatload of cast members when everyone in the stretch room whispers, "I am your host, your ghost host". Going to the park almost every day is a part of CP culture. Accidentally referring to ride spells still sometimes slips into your daily conversation. Did you really do the college program if you don't know at least one ride spiel?

5. You constantly feel the need to get down the small child's level and talk to them about their favorite Disney characters.

"Hi Princess! My, you look dashing today, what Kingdom did you travel from?!"

What you would do to get back to the days when you were paid to sit on the ground to talk to a child dressed up as Cinderella. You see a child at your real world job and you feel the need to ask them about the about their favorite Disney movie. You catch yourself accidentally referring to people as princess in the real world, but it instated of the magic it used to produce, they look at you like you’re a crazy person. *sigh*

6. If your friends hear you say, ”So this one time in Disney…" one more time they may punch you in the face.

OMG-- this reminds me of this one time in Disney when...*insert story of an amazing day you and your Disney fam had here.*

You can’t help it, every single day was filled with an adventure during your CP. You want to share your stories with everyone you encounter. It's like word vomit. The second something reminds you of your CP there is no stopping you. Your friends back home may either get really annoyed or end up learning everything you did when you had free access to Disney World.

7. Boy do you miss the days when Mondays were happy.

"We love you Mondays, we do."

For some who were into the social scene, you blankly gaze out your window on a Monday night wondering what county you would have been playing at Son On The Beach. You watch your remaining CP friends' Snapchat stories and think to yourself, "Anzacs VS. Gayllerie!? Ugh, must have been a good game." You miss the days when your only struggle was to make it out of work on time to get to Happy Mondays. Your friends back home wonder how you are so freakishly good at flip cup. It’s a CP thing.

8. 90% of your best friends are long distance.

Skype dates are essential.

You created bonds with people from all over the world during your CP. You celebrated holidays with these people. You spent every single day with them during your time in Florida. Your program would never be as magical if it wasn't for the amazing people you met here. Some of these people turn into your life long best friends-- even if they currently reside 12 hours ahead of you. There isn't a day that goes by that you don’t think about you CP BFFs. When they say you will meet the most amazing people you will ever interact with working for Disney, they were not kidding. These people are even more than friends to you, they are family. If it means staying up till 2AM to Skype with your old roommate, who now lives on the other side of the world, it doesn't even cross your mind how late it is. Catching up with them is always worth it.

9. You probably have roughly 500 "I'm Celebrating" buttons.

"Happy squad-iversary!"

You found every excuse in the book to rock an "I'm Celebrating" button when you and your squad hit the parks. "I'm celebrating ERs" was a great one to sport when you got off work early. The button days were the special days. You could probably fill an entire cork board with all of the buttons you collected over your CP. Thank goodness for that, you'll have a tangible memory of those magical days for a lifetime.

10. The clock strikes 3:00PM and you know the Festival Of Fantasy Parade is strolling out of Frontier Land.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has come to take your places” -The Festival Of Fantasy Parade.

You continuously catch yourself looking at the clock around 3PM and feeling a little empty inside. To all the days before work when you watched that parade with your roommates, you were the greatest. You can always spot a cast member as “dreams that glow” blur down Main Street. They are usually the ones dancing along and singing as their favorite floats pass by. What you would do to relive those days.

11. You know a lot about the world and the people it's made up of.

I’d be real keen to learn about your culture over some Maccas, eh.

You know to never tell an Australian their accent sounds like a Kiwi's or visa-versa. You can spot the difference from miles away. You’ve learned the lads from down under are some of the funniest people you’ll ever interact with, and there are in fact, no kangaroos in New Zealand— just wallabies. You know that the people from Spain and Brazil are usually down for some fun and it's always a good time to kick back with your friends from France or The Netherlands. It's true that the Italians are loud and outspoken, in the best way possible. The people from Japan are simply the some of the sweetest. You meet so many people from all over the world and learn so much about their culture. You get more of a feel for all of the greatness the world is made up of than any textbook could ever explain.

12. You could draw a map of Magic Kingdom blindfolded.

“Nearest FastPass kiosk?!” “Down the pathway to the left!

Not only is Disney World your home, but you know every square inch of it. You could still probably give someone directions to the nearest quick service restaurant of your location, from wherever you are currently sitting in the world.

13. Applying for jobs? Disney always makes you stand out.

“Wow, you worked for Disney World? Tell me more about that!”

Your resume stands out among the thousands. Potential employers want to hear about your Disney College Program experience and you are over the moon to share. You tell them about the days where you immersed guests into the theme of your location and all of the magic you made. Working for the number one entertainment company is something to be proud of.

14. You are constantly checking airline prices to reunite with your roommates and get back to the place that started it all.

There is nothing better than reuniting with your Disney family. Your most visited web pages are airlines sites. You count the days where you can rule the parks again with your favorite people by your side. You can't help but to run to them in the middle of MCO with tears in your eyes and magic in your heart, ready to create even more memories together. You know you found forever friends in them, it's never goodbye— it's see ya real soon.

15. You have a strong emotional attachment to certain rides of shows.

"The best part is, you'll never run out of wishes"- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

There are some shows and rides that take you right back to the days where Walt Disney World was your usual hang out spot. Some of those shows have so much more meaning to you and the magic you made. You tend to get a little teary eyed watching them when you visit. Even when your CP is over, the magic lives on in your soul.

16. Disney is not just a vacation spot to you, it’s your home.

You feel at ease here. You may have even found who you are and who you aspire to be here. It’s a special place to you that holds so much magic. Going back feels familiar. You never feel like an outsider here. Walt Disney World really is your home and it welcomes you right back every time you return.

17. People who know you before your College Program say you've changed.

You're more outspoken, you are confident in yourself and you carry on with pride. Not to mention your work ethic and customer service skills are outstanding. You believe in things and the people around you. You believe in magic and that's all thanks to the Disney College Program.

18. It was the best 4 months - 1 year of your life and you would do anything to relive just one more day of being a CP.

"While no one knows for sure what we'll see or do. I do know it will be quite an adventure, an adventure that we'll take and make together. See you in the future"- Spaceship Earth.

If you were given the opportunity to put on those extreme high-waisted polyester grandpa pants and that florescent shirt that was probably eight sizes too big for you— you’d do it in a heartbeat. Despite the long hours and blazing sun, sometimes your life felt like a dream. Your time spent working for the mouse will forever be your most magical days, as the Disney College Program was the best opportunity of your entire life.

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5 Ways You Can Stop Producing so Much Trash

We produce a lot more trash than you think, until you start paying attention to your actions.

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One of my major goals this year is to do more to save the planet as well as animals. I have already been vegetarian for three years. and I'm plan to stay vegetarian, but I want to have a more plant based diet. As well, I want to start reducing the amount of trash I produce. Not only because I realize just how drastically our trash is affecting wildlife, but also because I think having to take out your trash twice a week is way too much trash!

1. Bring recyclables to a recycling center or reuse them around the home!

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This is something I want to start doing! I always get take out food and throw away the containers, when I could be using those containers to carry my lunch everyday! Also, I want to start collecting my plastic water bottles and taking them to the recycling center on campus instead of just throwing them away

2. Invest in a reuseable water bottle

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This would actually fix my water bottle problem. I need to invest in a nice, reuseable water bottle that I can refill, rather than throwing away 3-4 water bottles a day. Amazon has a lot of varieties of these bottles ranging from inexpensive to expensive, cool designs, and even one that holds snacks.

3. Reuseable Straws

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This is a great addition to your new reuseable water bottle! Like trash, you don't realize how much you use (and throw away) straw, until you actually start to keep count. I thought i didn't use straws at all because I never bought them in my life, but then you go out to eat (straw), you go to Starbucks (straw). Having a glass straw is actually really useful to reduce your trash, in cases when you wish you had a straw but don't, and sanitary purposes. Those straw sitting out at Starbucks, are they really that clean?

4. Donate old/unwanted clothes

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This is something I already do. I go through my drawers and closet once a year, and just put all the clothes I haven't worn all year, or just don't want into a garbage bag. I'm usually able to fill at least one (gallon) garbage bag with clothes to take to Goodwill!

5. Use actual plates instead of paper plates

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This is another huge mistake of mine! I hate doing dishes, so I try to buy paper plates to make less dishes, but in the end I'm producing more and more trash! I'm convinced the reason I have to take out my trash so often is because I eat so much! It's time to be a big girl now and start washing my dishes...or start using my dish washer

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