If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve seen that Jenna and I have been flying through seasons of Scrubs like there is no tomorrow. One thing I’ve noticed throughout the series is the music. I have found myself more than once making mental note of lyrics to Google the next day.

TV soundtracks have become music-forward. From The O.C. to House to Grey’s Anatomy to even The Hills, gone are the days of cheesy, keyboard heavy instrumentals; they have been replaced with poignant lyrical music integral to the storyline. The music directors are creating brilliant moments that tell a story just like our own, music we would choose ourselves if we were to soundtrack our own life.

A few days ago I picked up the third installment of the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack collection from the library and heard one such song: “Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson

The storm is coming but i don’t mind.
People are dying, i close my blinds.

All that i know is i’m breathing now.

I want to change the world…instead i sleep.
I want to believe in more than you and me.

But all that i know is i’m breathing.
All i can do is keep breathing.
All we can do is keep breathing now.

All that i know is i’m breathing.
All i can do is keep breathing.
All we can do is keep breathing now.

When I heard the song, I remembered the exact moment in the episode in which this song was played. Life for many of the characters was shattering beneath the weight of extreme circumstances including broken relationships and missed opportunities.


Listening to the song again, I remembered the exact moments in my own life where all I could do was tell myself to keep breathing. This song gave words to emotions I had forgotten. If you want to know what I was feeling during the worst of my depression, read the lyrics again. It was survival of the fittest, and I was failing. Every single hope and dream was put on hold. I was breathing and that was about it.

Every so often I brought back to those moments I’d rather forget. However, I don’t wallow in it or let myself stay there for too long. I remember back and look forward to the person I am today who instead of just breathing is thriving, who instead of sleeping is actively working to change the world and does believe in something greater than himself.

But not everyone is there right now. Many people are just trying to keep their heads above water. For those of you out there, you are not alone. Someone is listening on the other end of those prayers. Someone is out there who wants to help you and come along side you and make sure you keep breathing. Know that there is light at the other end of darkness.

How about you? What song has served as the soundtrack of your life? What made it so special in the moment? What makes you keep returning to listen to it time and again?

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