How “A Little Too Much” by Shawn Mendes Changed My Life

Our Everly Mag Writing Leaders told us about a single piece of art that changed their life.  Whether it’s a song, book, television episode, YouTube video, or more, our leaders discussed why and how this piece of art made an impact.

This article was written by our writing leader ElisabethGet to know our Summer 2018 Leaders here!


We all have one song we can relate to so much that it changes our entire perspective on life. This is exactly what “A Little Too Much” by Shawn Mendes has done for me. This song is all about how life can get a little overwhelming, and how that’s okay. It tells the story of a girl who hides behind smiles and “I’m fine”‘s. That used to be me.

I used to struggle with making friends. Due to my anger issues, social anxiety, and the fact that I was bullied, not many people wanted to befriend me. That’s what made my self-esteem plummet. For the longest time, I hated myself. All the pressure that was being put on me was just too much for me to handle. I wanted, no, needed to be good enough. I didn’t realize how amazing I already was.
Back when I was still feeling this way, I had a fanpage for the Disney show “Austin & Ally.” Online was the only place where I could make friends, I figured. I did make a friend – and she happened to have anxiety too. We both loved Shawn Mendes at the time (I still do) and were fangirling over his new album, “Handwritten.” She told me to “absolutely listen to ‘A Little Too Much’ because I know you’ll be able to relate to it”, so I did. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
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Image: Shawn Mendes “A Little Too Much” cover via Coverlandia.net
The song opened my eyes and showed me that I’m really not alone. Even Shawn understood where I came from. He was only 15 when he wrote that song, or maybe even younger. Not only girls go through this, I realized, and it made me feel so much better about myself. What else could have inspired him to write the song?
It took many years of working on myself to get to where I am today. I wouldn’t be writing for two online publications and I most DEFINITELY wouldn’t be represented by a talent & modeling agency. I would still be bitter and getting nowhere in life. I know I’m young, I’m only 15, but I’m proud of what I have accomplished.
“A Little Too Much” encouraged me to keep going, even though it was tough. To this day, I still listen to this song, as it’s very important to me.
To anyone who is going through a rough patch: listen to this song! Really listen to the lyrics. Do you relate to it? If you do, this song may change your life. Trust me.

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