17 Songs That Will Speak To Your Soul

17 Songs That Will Speak To Your Soul

From Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye, this playlist has it all.

1. "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

2. "She's A Bad Mama Jama" - Carl Carlton

3. "Higher Ground" - Stevie Wonder

4. "Ain’t No Way" - Aretha Franklin

5. "A Change Is Gonna Come" - Sam Cooke

6. "Let’s Get It On" - Marvin Gaye

7. "Everyday People" - Sly & The Family Stone

8. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - Roberta Flack

9. "You’re All I Need To Get By" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

10. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott-Heron

11. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin

12. "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder

13. "Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone" - Bill Withers

14. "It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World" - James Brown

15. "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - The Undisputed Truth

16. "Feeling Good" - Nina Simone

17. "Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing" - Stevie Wonder

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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