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We're all suspected of being under the influence of music, relying on this harmless addiction to boost our levels of dopamine. Chasing that rush, sending chills down the spine, calming the chaos in our mind — music seems to become our personal pharmacist. Beside this beneficial effect on the emotional roller coaster inside of us, music can teach us many valuable lessons on life, and make us overall better human beings.
Hoard Memories and Hunt for Adventures
One of the best investments for our hard-earned money is the one that won't fade in its value in years to come. I'm not talking about some wisely chosen investments, but something more important: memories. When we all get wrinkles on our faces, and our bones start crashing down, we won't remember that overly expensive designer clothes we bought or the latest technological achievement we needed to have, just to jump on the bandwagon. Instead, the adventures we took and people we shared footsteps with along the way, will forever remain our most priceless possessions. Speaking in musical terms, the concerts and festivals we've been to, friends we've made and miles we traveled to get there, is what builds our lifeline. So until we've run out of steps to take, and our lifeline has become paper thin, make sure to collect as many as you can.
Dream On, Dreamer
We are all guided by our dreams and our ideas, our internal fuel that boils in our veins. But at the same time, we're also trying to navigate through the sea of self-doubt and discouragement that holds us back. For me, what makes my somehow unachievable ideas sound believable, is the soundtrack that plays in the background. That feeling of self-doubt becomes suppressed, and the voices screaming words of discouragement become silent when the music starts. We all have that special song, album, or whole collection that we turn to when we need to feel not only motivated but alive. When we need music to fill our minds with hope, and our hearts with strength. You can say that music keeps us motivated, but I prefer to think that it gives us superpowers.
''I'm fearless and I'm free, with the open road and the world beneath my feet''
Live in the Moment
We’re all a part of this big rush called life. We love, we dream, we hope, and we constantly change. But we easily forget that our lives are composed of moments, and instead of singing along, we often get lost in the noise. I’ve created some of my own best moments in the front rows. Why? Because music numbs the world, it takes away yesterday’s regrets and tomorrow’s fears. It leaves you with only now, and it’s the safest place you can lose yourself in. It takes so much aside, and yet it makes you feel everything at once.
We all know that humans can be exceptionally intolerant towards each other, which is mostly just the result of lack of understanding, fueled by prejudice. I remember when growing up, I used to cover my skin mostly in black and listen to bands that didn't contribute to the colors of the spectrum much either. I learned that for some reason, black color makes some people's skin crawl. It seems to not only spread the message of devil worshipping but also implying that you hang out with Satan on regular basis. And watching Supernatural, we all know that Satan is not the most cheerful fellow you'd want to be around. It's these blindfolded people that gather in herds, spreading ignorance with their tongues, and what music has thought us, is that you should never let these spineless cowards change you.
It's okay not to feel okay.
We all know that life is not always full of sunshine and rainbows, and every now and then, a wild cloud appears and wants to fight you. But all jokes aside, there are times when we feel like sinking ships, just waiting for someone to teach us how to swim. In those moments we all need something to overlight the darkness, and sometimes, a song is enough to keep the score. When you find a song that describes exactly how you feel, it makes you feel better by just knowing that someone else is sharing that same feeling with you. It somehow succeeds to assure you that even if you don't win every fight, you can still walk away as a winner. Meaning that it's okay to be sad and angry, to scream and to despair, but also to balance those negative feelings with something positive, knowing that things will, no matter how impossible it might seem, get better. So the next time that angry cloud comes along, turn the volume up and let music chase him away and remind you that there will always be a brand new day on the horizon (well, until the end of the world, that is).
''I'm just a shell of the empty shattered nerves, a skeleton that's lost its skin, and I want back in''