What Music Means To Me

What Music Means To Me

Music deserves to be praised.

As many of you know, I have struggled with personal issues such as depression and anxiety, but there has been one thing there for me the entire time. That is music. Everyone has something that has helped them overcome all of their hardships-- whether it was expressing it through art, or using it as a motivator for sports. Music has been the thing to help me overcome all of my hardships, and it still is today.

To me, music isn't just some notes and words put together that make a song. It is someone's mind being carried out by beautiful noises, and a way to express whatever feeling they want. Someone's heart and soul goes into everything they write and I feel as if that is something that is not mentioned enough when someone comes out with something new. It is something that once written down, recorded and shared will never go away. And knowing that, the person who has created it deserves positive attention for their masterpiece.

Music has always been there for me. No matter what mood I'm in, or what has happened to me I know I can go find that one song that will help me get through it. One of my favorite things about music is that sometimes it finds you. You know, when you're driving in the car and there is that feeling of calmness. Then whatever station you're listening to, or whatever comes on your phone is the song that fits perfectly in that moment. It's like the music knows you need it right then and there to make the memory. That in itself makes music so important to me.

Without music, I would not have a lot of the role models I do today. I would not know of these people who have faced things in their lives that I can relate to, or those who I would like to be like someday. Overall, music has made everything better for me. It has never let me down, and I do not ever expect it to. It is something that will lie within me forever, and that I will never let die.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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