When It Hits You, You Feel No Pain

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“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen

Let’s talk about the power of music. Some days I’ll find myself listening to music non-stop, and other days, I’ll listen to a song or two but then I turn it off. I am heavily influenced by music. Being a singer, it has always played a huge part in who I am. My mood, emotional state, and just overall presence, is always changed and effected by music. When someone asks me what kind of music I listen to, my response is always, “Everything.” And truly, I enjoy pretty much every type of music. Yes, even country! But I definitely have my favorites. Coldplay is my favorite band and, yes, I know you’re probably making fun of me for it, but I don’t even care! I am a person who enjoys slower, more lyrical songs. I tend to be drawn to songs that are fun to sing. More importantly, though, I’m drawn to music that makes me feel. Life is busy, and sometimes, it’s really fucking hard, and although it’s terribly sad to say, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time in your day to feel. To really sit with yourself and let out everything that has built up. Often times, it’s hard to even put into words or make sense of exactly what you’re feeling, and this is where music really comes in for me. I know this is true for a lot of people as well. Music takes the place of my words, and I’m able to listen to a particular song and just close my eyes and let the sound wash over me, and in moments like that, the feelings just make sense. I allow myself to let it out and think about it and the music has everything to do with that.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

This week is mental health awareness week. As I’ve gotten older, and have been able to come to terms with the person that I am, I’ve seen just how important mental health is. Music helps me get things out when I have the tendency to hold it in. It’s such a personal thing sometimes, to just feel your feelings. And maybe it sounds cliché and corny, and I know very well that it’s not for everyone, but when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life, and I’m feeling lost, sad, and confused, all I know, is that listening to powerful music just helps. It keeps me sane, and it keeps me mentally healthy. As mentally healthy as you can really be when you’re in your 20’s still figuring out life, that is.

Mental health resources are so important, and often times, people don’t know where to start whilst battling an internal issue. Here are a few links in case this is something you need. It starts with you! Help yourself, or help others. The resources are out there for those who need it.

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline