When I was a freshman in college two years ago, I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. I struggled with self-injury for a very long time, and I’d lost the love I had for everyday life. I locked myself in my room, isolated myself from others and spent copious amounts of time either sleeping or on the internet.
Enter One Direction. Now I know I’ve already lost people’s interest because they’re a “silly boy band” but stay with me here. During the time I isolated myself I spent a lot of time on the internet, as I said before. This included an unhealthy obsession with Twitter, and most nights I would end up posting melancholy rants before deleting them the next morning. One of my followers noticed and messaged me, letting me know that if I ever needed someone to talk to, she would be there for me. We became fast friends and she opened up about why she messaged me; she had gone through the same thing a few months prior and she wanted to share what helped her. She found solace in One Direction. Not only did they bring a smile to her face and make her laugh through her darkest times, but they also connected her with an entire community of girls that had similar stories to her own.
One thing to know about why I love One Direction: I don’t love them because I’m some crazy obsessive fan. I love them because they were the only thing that made me smile through a very rough patch of my life, and like my friend, my love for them and their music connected me to other people. That’s what I needed: to feel connected to people who had a deep understanding of what I was going through and I just wasn’t finding that in my day to day life. They were- and still are- a source of positivity in my life.
Although I love all of their albums, the one I will point to as my favorite is their first one, ‘Up All Night’. To be honest, I could go with their first album, because that was the only thing they had out when I started liking them, and that’s what originally helped me. I could go with their second album, because “Little Things” is such a positive and uplifting song. There’s their third album, which has the song “Diana” which is a song that hit very close to home for me. Or I could go with their most recent release that came out this week, which has a couple of songs that hit close to home.
But ‘Up All Night’ is what started it all and that was the album that I could escape with when I was having some of my toughest days. It was uplifting, silly pop music that got me out of my head, even if it was only for a few minutes. I’m the most thankful for that album because it was during that time that I met some of my favorite people.
While I point to that album as my favorite, I think that it’s important to mention other songs that hit close to home for me as well. “Little Things” was written by Ed Sheeran for them, and it came out when I was having a lot of body issues. It was exactly what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. “Diana” was on their third album, and it’s basically about wanting to be there for someone who is going through a rough time. My favorite lyrics from that song are “Diana, let me be the one to lift your heart up and save your life. I don’t think you even realize, baby you’ve been saving mine” and “We all need something, this can’t be over now. If I could hold you, I swear I’d never put you down.” Again, it was something that I needed to hear that I just wasn’t getting in my everyday life. The last song I’ll mention is off of their latest album and it’s called “Night Changes.” It’s incredibly well-written, and it’s about how fast your life can change. All it takes is one moment, and looking at it in a positive way, to me all I can think of is the fact that no matter what kind of day you’re having you can turn it around. Every day has a set amount of hours in it, so even your darkest days can only last for a certain amount of time. Then you get a new day, and it can be better.
One Direction gives me hope when I’m down. They make me laugh or smile even when all I feel like doing is crying and giving up. I’ve met so many amazing people with stories of struggle that we’ve helped each other through. The sense of community that surrounds this band and their music is awe-inspiring, and I can’t wait to hear what they come out with next.