Inspired by @marginally_amazing my list muse
  1. 1.
    Under The Bridge
    This song captured what it was like to be a Mexican living in a racist city. To be a survivor of sexual abuse. At this point I was still trying to come to terms with my abuse, with the physical and psychological effects it had on me. Also, I wasn't talking about the bullying or the abuse, so this song was, as the lyrics say "my only friend"
  2. 2.
    I used to think Michael Stipe had a direct line to my brain to write his lyrics. I broke ties with the Catholic Church around the time this song came out. I also started learning that people I loved who were deemed "sinners". So I started re-evaluating my belief system.
  3. 3.
    This song. Oh goodness, this song. I was letting go of the first guy I had ever loved and learning that sometimes you have to walk away. "And I have the sense to recognize that I don't know how to let you go". Those lyrics hit hard. I wish I could say I learned them and moved on. But this was a relationship that took me years and years to walk away from.
  4. 4.
    Read the paragraph above for reference. Sigh.
  5. 5.
    Lose Yourself
    This is when I started to break free of my past. Years of therapy, becoming a mom, meeting people who treated me with love...this all paved the way for me to become the person I needed to be.
  6. 6.
    Holla Back Girl
    Don't judge. In a sea of being single and trying to date but still wanting to be a good example to my daughter. Not always easy guys.
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    This song to me encapsulates the story of my life thus far. I've survived, I've overcome. And I'm not afraid to admit I'm proud of who I've become and what I have accomplished.
  8. 8.
    I don't Care
    This is a reflection of who I am now. Pretty much obnoxiously confident in my crazy personality. And yeah, I'm a 90's b...I love it
  9. 9.
    You Gotta Fight For Your Right (to party)
    I loved the Beastie Boys growing up. But I can't say that I truly embraced what this or any of their songs represented until now. When I absolutely will fight for my right.
  10. 10.
    You Said Something
    Let's call this song the phase of my life I'm hopeful will come in the next five years. My five year plan, if you must. I want to be living in New York in five years and I have always loved P.J. Harvey so it just seems the fitting way to complete this list.