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The Power of Music


When I was younger, music had an intense grip on my heartstrings. I was raised on U2 and classic 50s music, as well as Michael W. Smith and other Christian bands. As I got older, I fell in love with Relient K and Owl City, and both of them were integral to my teenage years. Stellar Kart, Jars of Clay, and Mat Kearney were also major favorites of mine. Whenever I'd feel upset, scared, anxious, or lonely, I'd put my earbuds in and escape to a world full of notes and melodies. My imagination would create worlds, and it would be amazing.

As I got older, I explored the world of non-Christian music, and I found even more artists and songs I loved. But as I got older, I also stopped listening to music so much. Technology advanced and we don't use Walkmans anymore (sadness). My MP3 player fell into disarray, my various iPods broke, and my phone doesn't have enough space for music. But this past week, I got the free Spotify Premium trial, and I've fallen back in love with music again. I've been feeling a bit anxious, so I pulled out my earbuds. And I put them in my ears... and I hit play. And I escaped to a world full of notes and melodies. My imagination created worlds. And it was amazing.

I believe that music transcends logic and speaks to us on another level. It inspires us, comforts us, and heals our souls. It can be a powerful tool to uplift us and help us feel a little better. Whether it's piano music, bubblegum pop, hardcore rock or rap... whatever music helps you feel alive, take that music and utilize it to the fullest to help your heart feel better, happy, and full.

Never underestimate the power of music (or anything else) as a form of self care. Take care of yourself. Take care of your soul. Sometimes those melodies speak to our hearts in ways that nothing else can.


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