A Song for Survivors: Impossible by Shontelle

You are stronger than you even realize… 

A song, and video, for all survivors: “Impossible” by Shontelle.

Shontelle told the story behind the song to J-14 Magazine: “I really felt like ballads were missing from radio for a minute, and I knew that there was no song out there for heartbroken people. I just wanted to put a song out that gave people hope – things may not work out the way you want them to, but you can move past it and everything is gonna be okay. I know that a lot of people have a similar story and sometimes you need to feel like you’re not alone. I knew that I might have to tell embarrassing stories about myself, but I might help someone realize, ‘Okay, if Shontelle can figure it out, then I’ll be alright.’ It’s not the end of the world – you can move on, and this is song is going to help you find the strength somehow.”

My thoughts:

This video tells the story of a young woman (played by Shontelle) leaving a bad (emotionally abusive) relationship to start her life over. The video shows how the woman was controlled, and not allowed to express herself – or be her own person. You can see the progression as the emotional abuse escalates, and at times the fights become nearly physical – which is what often happens in abusive relationships. You can also see the boyfriend’s selfish behavior in that he is partying, and having fun, while his girlfriend is miserable and kept from her own happiness.

What I thought was interesting is that in order to break free from this relationship, this woman left a comfortable life, and was showing staying in a hotel, that for a time she struggled. But when she was singing, she was shown in a white background with light shining all around her body; which to me symbolized hope, that no matter how bad things are at the moment, they will get better.

– Emily Court, 2015

Music video by Shontelle performing Impossible. (C) 2010 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. and SRC Records, Inc.

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About Emily Court

Mom & Kids Need "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. "Emily Court" is a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. Emily is fighting to keep her kids safe, and bring them home. Through writing and blogging, Emily is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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