Stronger Than I Seem by Rai Waddingham

This week’s Song of the Week is “Stronger Than I Seem” an original composition submitted by the wonderful Rai Waddingham:

“I wrote this song on the edge of a tough time – struggling with voices and distressing beliefs, back in the mental health system after time on the outside of it. The narrative surrounding me was one of illness, lack of insight and schizophrenia. In amongst this, holding on to my truth has been hard. My truth being that there is strength in my vulnerability, that it’s one of the things that makes me human and that the voices I hear are deeply rooted in my life experience – that they are echoes of my fears, as the song says. This song provided an anchor in the storm, something for me to hold on to. It helped me feel OK with the ongoing (and possibly life-long) healing journey I’m on and reminded me of being more accepting with my voices and other experiences that I sometimes struggle with. Whatever comes, I’m still standing and I’m stronger than I seem.”

You can find more out about Rai and her music at Facebook: @raiwaddinghammusic, Instagram: @raiwaddingham


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