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Amy Winehouse: A Tortured Soul and Wasted Life

I’ll admit — I wasn’t an Amy Winehouse fan. Her songs were too explicit and often reflected her drug addiction. She sang about her dependence in songs like Rehab and Back to Black and her lyrics were also sordid and graphic. Who wants to listen to that? Actually, too many people do.

Regardless, when I heard that she had died, I was heartbroken. Why? Wasn’t she headed in that direction, anyway? The last news item I saw about Winehouse was when she was so wasted during a show she couldn’t sing or stand up. She was boo-ed off the stage and her European tour was cancelled.

Winehouse was talented, but she wasted her gift and life. She was blessed because, unlike millions of talented people, she had been discovered. Her job was her passion and she had thousands of adoring fans. But she was also a tortured soul, addicted to drugs and other destructive behaviors. I don’t know how it all began. Does it really matter? Millions of people get addicted to drugs in different ways and for different reasons, but the process is usually the same. The drug takes over and becomes more important than anything. It becomes more important than the person, the talent, the success, the fans, family and friends. It becomes the only thing that matters and eventually it eats away at all that’s good. Some people can beat it, but many others, like Winehouse, cannot. It beat her.

With so many destructible desires plaguing her life, death was inevitable…but my heart still breaks. So many young people die through some form of addiction. With every celebrity who dies from some form of accidental overdose — Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Cory Haim  — hundreds of no-names meet the same end. I don’t know why so many superstars who seem to have blessed lives (at least from an outsider’s point of view) resort to doing drugs. Maybe it’s because they can afford it. Maybe it’s because their lifestyle calls for it. Maybe they think it’s cool. Maybe it’s because they cannot handle the pressure of being in the public eye. Who knows?

Whatever the reasoning, there is no denying that drugs will ruin you. And this is why it’s just better to stay away from them altogether. If you’re looking for a way to fill a void, or find comfort, or have fun, look to God for guidance. Find a cause where you can volunteer your time. Look to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as examples of stars doing good deeds with their celebrity status and fortune. Pursue a fun activity or sport to keep you busy. Travel the world, if you can afford it. Strive to fill your life with goodness and joy and reject destructive habits that will tempt you. Life is so short. Don’t waste it.

I ask you all to pray for Amy Winehouse and her family. She was a tortured soul, lost in a wasted life and beaten by addiction at 27 years young. God willing, she can now rest in peace.

Image: amywinehouse.com

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by on March 5, 2013 at 18:16

    RIP Amy Winehouse.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by mc1207 on June 20, 2012 at 21:26

    I loved her voice. I just wished so badly that she turned herself around 🙁 RIP

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by mc1207 on June 20, 2012 at 21:29

      *loved her voice not necessarily her lyrics, but in the same way writing darkly like that can (for SOME people) be therapeutic, just getting it out.. but I agree with everything you said in this article, it’s a great one. I know this was last year but I’m glad I fell on it as a reminder to keep on praying for her family (or rather, start, because it frankly didn’t occur to me to do so then) because I am sure they still need it and the wound of losing her is still very fresh.

  3. Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 20:07

    So sad.:'(

  4. Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 16:28

    In response to T.M.’s comment:
    “So you guys think she lived a fulfilling life at 27? God put her on this earth so she could live it wasted and teach us all a lesson?”
    Who made it your job to judge HER life. Did she make mistakes, yes. I didn’t even listen to her music, however, I feel the need to defend someone who’s life was “wasted” as you say. My life was “wasted” before I tried to commit suicide and later turned to Christ. I was put down by people who said I was stupid and my life was worthless. Do not do not say her life was wasted.

    • Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 07:50

      Kathryn, Your life cannot be considered wasted if you are still alive. And I thank God that you are. I’m so happy that you found Christ. Look to Him in all moments of despair. His love will carry you through them. I only wish Winehouse had looked to Him too. Use your experience to help others. God bless you always and forever. You are loved. Never forget that.

  5. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 09:10

    Drugs kill. Period. I have so many family members who are addicted to drugs and dying. My dad is a drug-addict and he lost his family because of it. My uncle is in on life-support right now because of his drug addiction. The list goes on and on. Thankfully, I have a stable Christian mom that can take care of me and my siblings. <3

    • Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 06:52

      Kat, you sound like you have a strong faith and respect for your own life, and I pray that God keeps you in His heart. I’m sorry about your dad and uncle. God bless you always.

  6. Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 03:46

    RIP Amy. I never liked you or your music but I was heartbroken when I heard you yhad died

  7. Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 18:06

    I still am offended by the title every time I look at the articles on the home page :/

    • Posted by Nicole on July 26, 2011 at 18:15

      I will alter it! Do not worry 🙂

      • Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 16:29

        Thank you Nicole! You really are the sweetest! Hope you’re having an awesome day! God Bless you!

  8. Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 11:35

    I didn’t know she had mental issues. What were they?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 26, 2011 at 19:28

      manic depression. 🙁

      • Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 08:50

        I had no idea about that. Her only destructive behaviors were drugs and alcohol,right?

  9. Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 05:20

    Poor Amy 🙁

  10. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 18:48

    I agree. When I heard about this I was also very sad. But I have one question. Rest in peace? If she was addicted to drugs then she obviously wasn’t in a relationship with God. I’m sorry. I wish she could somehow get another chance but it’s too late. Sad to say, she is not resting in peace.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 25, 2011 at 22:07

      Maggie- you don’t know that for sure. There are many facets to a person, you don’t know what she did in her spare time, if she prayed to God constantly top help deliver her from the drugs, and she was too weak to resist it. She had mental health problems as well. Who knows for sure where she is now, but God does. Maybe he put her at peace from her tortured self and took her to Heaven. We don’t know.

  11. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 18:33

    It is extremly sad that Amy’s addiction lead to her death. It may have been do to the fac that she had to much money or whatever. For many addicts their brains are chemically different than a non addcit. Their brain can become severly altered to the point that they need to continue using drugs/alcohol just to feel normal. It is sad, but hopefully Amy’s story of addiction can be used for the better, to be able to educate people on addiction.

  12. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 17:14

    Wasted life? Those are harsh words.

    • Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 12:42

      God gave her a life and free will. He blessed her with talent and success. She chose to focus her world around drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, etc. She chose to do all those things and continue to do them even after people tried to help her. I stand by, “wasted life.” I feel for those around her who loved her, esp. her mother and father, and could do nothing but watch her waste it all away. I pray that God eases their pain.

      • Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 07:00

        People don’t choose to take drugs, Laura? I beg to differ. People are tempted and tested every day. God gave us free will to choose right from wrong. Please don’t make excuses for people who choose wrong. People are bigger than drugs. So many people addicted to drugs make a conscious choice to quit every day, and do. Some need more help than others.

      • Posted by Nicole on July 29, 2011 at 11:20

        That is very true!!

      • Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 14:17

        People don’t choose to get into terrible situations and addictions. When you’re addicted to something it becomes more of a physical condition than your choice.

    • Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 21:52

      I agree, there is no such thing as a wasted life. People make mistakes, it has nothing to do with their worth

  13. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 17:13

    wow! You are defintely right!! I never looked at this situation like you are and I have a whole new perspective. Thank you so much for being such an angel and for asking people to pray. God really is speaking through you and I am so thankful for people like you!! Thanks!!!

    • Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 18:41

      Thank you Kelly for your kind words.

  14. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 16:29

    I read about it,too. I’ve seen what Drugs and Alcohol do to someone. They will ruin your life.

    God, please bless Amy Winehouse’s family as they grieve. Let them know that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning and that you will not put more on them than they can bear. Let everyone learn a valubale lesson from this tragic loss. Let them know that drugs and alcohol will destroy you. Let those who are going through the same thing Amy went through know that they don’t have to do these things to feel the void, they can find joy,peace and comfort in you. In Jesus name,amen.

  15. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 14:43

    pitt and jolie arent really very gppd role models because they have had 3 biological kids together and they arent married

    • Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 12:34

      My article suggests that you look to Pitt and Jolie “as examples of stars doing good deeds with their celebrity status and fortune,” not for relationship advice or Christian family values. That’s a different story.

      • Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 06:30

        I agree with the above comment. They do tons of beneficial things for people and raise awareness. Nobody’s perfect, and that’s fine, but at least they give to charity.

    • Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 09:42

      Yeah, and then there was Jennifer Aniston before AJ.

    • Posted by on July 26, 2011 at 05:57

      Dear Erin,
      Children are a gift from God, I agree. But you should be married, God intended children to come after marriage. It isn’t what the world is telling girls now, I know, but that is the way the LORD made things to happen. Because we all know how children are made and that is sacred between husband and wife.

  16. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 14:43

    I love love love this article, however I don’t agree with the title. In my eyes, no life is a “wasted life”. We can learn from people like Amy Winehouse and appreciate the talent she did have. Regardless of her lifestyle, I don’t believe her life was “wasted” as you say.

    • Posted by on August 1, 2011 at 14:35

      the title reflects the thoughts and views of the author, not you. maybe she feels that any life not used for the glory of God is a waste. in that case, its true. maybe for anyone who learned from her, her life wouldnt be a waste, but to her and to God, it was a waste

    • Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 15:00

      I agree. No life is “wasted”. Most of these people have their stuff mixed up :/ not very mature.

    • Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 13:00

      I totally agree with you Kathryn!

      • Posted by on August 1, 2011 at 11:47

        God put us on earth for a reason, some people he put on earth to teach us a valuable lesson.

      • Posted by Nicole on August 1, 2011 at 23:01

        interesting…

      • Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 06:46

        So you guys think she lived a fulfilling life at 27? God put her on this earth so she could live it wasted and teach us all a lesson?

    • Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 12:56

      I think that by wasted she could also have meant a common term for drunkenness which is a SIN.