Music to soothe

Kynslie Otte

Being a college student can be incredibly stressful, which I’m sure is not a surprise to anyone. It also isn’t easy living on your own while working a full time job. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I step back from the madness for a moment and turn on something soothing by one of my favorite bands. Regardless of the mood I’m in, I always feel just a little bit better after doing so.

Music has always been an incredibly influential part of my life. When I was just three years old, my grandmother forced me to take piano lessons. I took lessons for about eight years and resented her for it for most of that time. She always told me I would thank her when I was older. She was right. Since then, I have become somewhat of an amateur musician. I taught myself how to play the guitar and I also dabbled in violin for awhile. In my opinion, having a strong musical background has made me a very well rounded individual. When life gets a little crazy, music is the first thing I turn to.

Music has a way of impacting a person that is comparable to almost nothing. It has the ability to make one incredibly happy, or even “oh my god, I think I might die” sad. I think music allows people to express their emotions in a way that they would otherwise be unable to. I can almost guarantee that everyone has at least one song that makes them nostalgic of a different time, happy enough to dance around without inhibition, or sad enough to lock themselves in a dark room for days.

In my life, music has proved to be a great way to network. As a freshman in college, I moved 500 miles away to the University of Oklahoma. I didn’t know a soul. I wasn’t as nearly as outgoing then as I am now. In my free time, I would sit outside my dorm on a bench playing my guitar. It’s unbelievable that I made as many friends as I did that way.

If I hadn’t taken my guitar with me when I moved, I’m not sure I would have survived the semester. Any time I started to feel lonely, I would just pick up my guitar and play around for awhile. It was a great distraction and it was a productive way to spend my free time. My roommate may not have appreciated it as much as I did, but it certainly proved to be a good vice.

You don’t necessarily have to have any sort of musical talent to have an appreciation for music. In fact, a large number of the people I know who consider themselves to be music connoisseurs don’t have the slightest idea how to play an instrument.

So the next time you feel like you’ve got your back against the wall, turn on some feel good music and dance around for awhile. I bet you’ll feel a thousand times better.

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