A few years ago, I found music. At the time, I was just an angry 13 year old girl dealing with problems way too serious for my age. Problems that damaged my relationships and my well-being and that are still too touchy for me to even come clean about. Yet, amongst the rough, I found a safe place in music.
As I’ve said before on Open Our Eyes, My Chemical Romance is the band that pretty much opened the door for me. Their music pushed me away from the radio and onto the Internet. I would spend my nights on Youtube listening to song after song from tons of different bands and write their names down in a notebook. I would Google the lyrics and study the words. Soon enough, I began to understand the emotion and passion that was put into the music and I found comfort in that. I had finally found something that took my thoughts and made it into something.
Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how much I care about music. It is an unexplainable love–but it’s everything to me. From standing in line all day to catch Taking Back Sunday with The Used to bonding with strangers over our love for Fugazi to singing Alkaline Trio songs with my best friend at the top of our lungs or even crying because I saw My Chemical Romance for the first and last time, it has been the cause of some of my most favorite memories. It makes me truly happy and that’s something that no one can take away from me.
Music saved my life. It saved me from going down the wrong path in life. It was my friend when no one else was. It’s been there with me through my highs and my lows–and it’s never going to leave.
This year, I hope that everyone can find something that makes them happy. Whether it’s music or sports or art or whatever else it is, I hope that it brings positivity into your life. Music brought the life back into my life, and I’m sure that it can do the same for you.