My Experience With Dance and Music Give Me Courage To Live

The Magical Drugs Of Music And Dance Give Me Courage To Live Passionately

Dance is my soul, my hobby and my life.


My life changed after I attended a family friend's wedding, and not because I had a sudden realization about the importance of love and unity and whatnot. In fact, it had nothing to do with that. I was a hyper 7-year-old who was looking for something interesting other than the exchange of vows. So when the music started playing and the dance floor opened up, I was surprised at how strongly my body reacted. It was as if I was possessed. All I wanted to do was rush onto the floor and get carried up in the high that came with the loud, festive music.

I looked around to see if the music had the same effect on others, but they all had the same nonchalant, indifferent expressions. I was confused. Why wasn't anyone else as excited as I was? That's when I realized the unique effect that music had on me and how powerful it was.

Music was like a drug. I wanted to experience the euphoric feelings that had coursed through my veins again, so I did what any 7-year-old addict would do: I forced my mom to sign me up for Indian classical dance lessons.

From then on, I would get ready 30 minutes early before my Thursday dance lessons. I went to class, befriended the other enthusiastic kids, learned the moves and came back home to practice before my next lesson. My teacher, impressed with my dedication and hard work, would place me front and center during recitals while my proud mother would videotape the performance from the front row. I eventually became a student teacher and taught Indian classical dance to a lower age group.

Much like how an addict's tolerance gradually increases, I soon became bored of Indian classical dance. Its strict hand gestures, graceful foot movements and intricate storytelling was no longer a challenge for me. I was a somewhat reticent child back then, always struggling to express my feelings publicly. In order to conquer that difficulty, I chose a new form of dance that would challenge me personally: Bollywood.

Unlike Indian Classical dance, Bollywood dance was not as disciplined. The instructor encouraged us to improvise and "add some energy" into our movements, something my stiff and structured nature could not comprehend. But as weeks went by, I started moving my hips more and really feeling the beat of the music so I could express myself the way I wanted to. Soon, I started storytelling again — my story — when dancing to the upbeat tunes. I found a sense of confidence, happiness and companionship within that dance studio.

If you fast forward to high school, you'll notice that I barely go to the studio anymore.

The time I used to spend happily communicating through melody was now used to complete homework. My sense of self dwindled. In a sea of sleep deprived adolescents, I was just another continuously functioning, mindless machine with nothing to look forward to. Or at least, that's what I had assumed.

One of the biggest events of our high scmhool is International Night, an evening where various cultures put together dance performances and food tastings. I attended for the first time during my sophomore year. As I learned Chinese folk dance and enjoyed Spanish guitar performances, I looked around at the faces of the crowd, watching them light up in awe and fascination. Then I observed the dancers on stage. They were panting heavily, but glowed with self satisfaction and assertiveness.

I realized that even though our life situations might drag us down from time to time, our inner sense of happiness comes from self expression through music. It has the ability to wake us up from a conformed society, administer purpose to our otherwise bland lifestyle and erase our insecurities. Music is the universal language that ties us all together under every skin color, ethnicity and belief. Without it, we would be missing a zest for life, a passion to live courageously — this I believe.

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Deadlines Are Not Important

The Deadlines Of Life Do Not Mean As Much As You Think


Deadlines are not important; the deadlines for work, school, and things related to that, those are important. Life's deadlines are not important. Society tells us that we must be married, have the perfect job, and have children by a certain age. A lot of the times we end up believing that if we do not do certain things by a certain time, we have failed or we are not doing as good as everyone else. The truth is, society's and life's deadlines are crap. There is no specific time to be married by, no specific time to have your perfect job by, and no specific time to have children by. These things should not be accomplished until you are ready and capable to accomplish them; this means that if you are not 50 until you have your perfect job, you are not 30 until you are married and you are not 40 until you have children, that is okay. There is nothing wrong with waiting, experiencing life, growing in who you are, and doing what you need to do first. A lot of people do not have their perfect job until later in life because if we are all honest here, that is one of the hardest things to figure out and hardest decisions to make. People stress so much because they have not met these certain deadlines of life that they have been told their entire lives they need to meet by a certain time. So often, the important things like a job, a marriage, and children are rushed and people end up miserable. There is no sense in rushing if you are not ready for it yet. When it comes to finding the perfect job for you, look around, find your interests, and figure out what you can spend years of your life doing; take your time and be patient. When it comes to marriage and having children, do not rush it, it is one of the worst things to rush; do it in the time frame you want to and make sure it is what you want. Take a deep breathe and stop freaking out; you have plenty of time. Instead of going by society's and life's deadlines, go by your own and base that off of your capabilities and your wants.


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10 Relatable Struggles That People With Glasses Will Definitely Understand

I constantly feel the need to take off my glasses because it's a struggle just having them on.


Have you had someone take your glasses off your head without permission and you wonder why they didn't ask first? Or have you ever broke them and had to face the consequences of not being able to see (okay, maybe this one is just me).

There are times where I love my glasses because I'm thankful that it helps my vision, but like most things, glasses definitely have its disadvantages.

1. I cant find my glasses without my glasses.

You don't have to wear glasses to understand that when/if we lose our glasses, we have to bend down and squint everywhere to find them. Coming from a fairly irresponsible person, I have lost my glasses more times than I can count, and I normally need all the help I can get to find them.

2. You can't drink something hot without not being able to see anything.

I remember I was at a restaurant a year ago, and I had to put my glasses on to see the menu because it was on a big screen. And when I sat down to drink my hot chocolate, my glasses fogged up, and I, for some reason, didn't notice. So I ended up tripping over the table when I stood up to leave. I don't think that this is necessarily a "struggle", but it's just plain violent.

3. They are SO uncomfortable!

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I have a very low tolerance for pain, so keeping my glasses on for a long period of time hurts the bridge of my nose, which then causes me to take them off. If I take them off, I know I will have to put them back on at some point, so I just leave them on and bear the "pain". It's a complicated process that I make myself endure everyday.

4. The rain wont stop, even if you take your glasses off.

Normally, I won't put glasses on in the rain because I know what will happen if I do, but I can't control when the weather decides to change. So sometimes I can walk outside with perfectly clear skies, and if it suddenly starts raining, I need to either put them away or constantly clean them. They are both equally bad.

5. Try watching a 3D movie with glasses.

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I think this is the worst scenario so far because not only do I look and feel ridiculous with six eyes, but one of them always has to slip off, making me focus more on my glasses than the movie. You can probably assume that I can't enjoy 3D movies often.

6. Wearing something that makes cleaning your glasses harder.

Winter can get really cold every now and then, so I have to make sure I wear the right clothing. If I wear wool, my glasses will get smudged when I clean them, thus making them more dirty, which is opposite from what I am actually trying to do.

7. Longing for contacts

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Have you tried complaining to you friend about how annoying having glasses is and they just say "well why don't you just get contacts?" and you know that you can't just "get" contacts whenever you want so instead you just long for them? I long for contacts even if I know that they may have disadvantages too because a day in the life of wearing glasses can be unbearable at times.

8. Resting in bed is a big NO.

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If I have a free day and just feel like lying down in bed to watch a movie on my laptop, my glasses get squished together, and I have to constantly worry about breaking them (which I have definitely done before). Sometimes people just tell me to lay on my back and turn my head to watch the movie, but everyone with glasses will know that that's not how it works.

9. Constantly complaining about glasses to your friends who don’t wear glasses

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"Just get contacts" is a saying a lot of my friends have always said when I complain about my glasses. Firstly, contacts can't just magically appear in my hands when I want them to, and secondly, I'm sure contacts have their disadvantages, too. I can't explain to them that they don't understand because they don't go through all the struggles since they have great vision. And to really understand, I would recommend actually wearing glasses.

10. You find the need to take them off whenever you can, and it turns into a hassle.

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I am not one to wear my glasses 24/7, just when I really find the need to. I don't like how I look in glasses. They give me a headache very often and get painful at times, but at the end of the day, I'm thankful that I can see with them, even if that means going through a series of hassles every day.

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