Essence of Music

There’s always that one specific thing a person does that helps them go along their day or survive the environment they are in or have been in. With the pandemic going around for the past two years, it gave people the opportunity to really find themselves and do something they enjoy especially when they would be locked in their house for the majority. During quarantine, no matter how hard I tried, there was nothing that would entertain me for the whole day without me losing my mind. I was a mess. I isolated myself a lot during quarantine to the point where I would think about how this was how I was going to live the rest of my life.

With all the endless hours I spent on social media during quarantine, I discovered a lot of artists that I actually enjoyed listening to. In my 14 years of life, I would’ve never guessed that forming a parasocial relationship with big artists would have such an impact on my life. I’m not one to make a Spotify playlist because I find that a lot of work and I’m lazy so I shuffle my liked songs until a song that I am in the mood for plays. I find myself listening to Pop, Indie-pop, or Alternative music the most but I could see myself being introduced to new genres. Music has helped me a lot to focus on what I’m doing so that I don’t get distracted and procrastinate leaving me with a bunch of work to do last minute. Middle school me would be proud.

To survive their environment, many people read, write, or draw. I, however, do not have the ability to do either and prefer it when I’m in a more calm state and am doing nothing. When I watch shows on Netflix after a long day I find it calming and end up falling asleep while the show plays. Even when I’m doing homework I try to have a show playing instead of a podcast in the back as background noise but I have to make sure that I’m not paying that much attention or else I will fall asleep while doing homework (which has happened) so I lean towards listening to music most of the time while doing homework.

What I’m trying to say is that anyone can eventually get over what they’re going through. Everyone has their different ways of coping so one might take longer than the other but as long as you find something that makes you happy you can make anything happen.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

– William James

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