The Ultimate Remedy

Michael - Dumfries, Virginia
Entered on December 9, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

Friends were always there as I sat down venting about my sorrows. I was never fully satisfied because I spent the time trying to help them understand my problem rather than getting over them. This was the case until I met my best friend, the girl who will be here even when I leave this earth. I call her music. Music is the perfect remedy to mend all wounds, this I believe.

No one provided enough emotional support to heal the pain I endured. This pain stemmed from relationship issues, troubles in school, and family heartaches. As a teen I experienced many hardships. They ranged from bad to worse, never seeming to get better. My grades were not up to par, I would stay up countless hours arguing on the phone with a person I thought I would be with forever. All these problems quickly vanished when my mom picked me up from school one day, and tears showed in my mother’s eyes.

I discovered my grandfather had passed away. Nothing in life seemed to be going in the right direction. Frustration with my friends grew more intense as days of life continued. They never understood problems I faced. I was not satisfied with life, and wanted, needed a way for it to change. I never had the will power to change the way things in life were going. In fact, there was nothing powerful enough to change my raged emotions.

On June 22, 2004 music came into my life. She was full of surprises, with her bubbly attitude and creative lyrics. She expressed her words in such a dignified manner my mental and physical pain soon faded away. With her in my life I was better, I felt better, and I felt like I could tell her anything. As music flows through my ears, my heart rate slows down, my tension disappears, and when I smile I mean it. The first song she introduced was “Nobody Knows,” by Tony Rich Project. This was when I realized I had a passionate feeling for her.

I never feared the action of taking chances anymore since music was around. I became the king of music, for my mp3 player holds thousands of songs, everyone having their own unique meaning. I became aware of every genre; each expressed itself in a different way. Explaining the importance of music to family and friends helps them understand me even more.

There are numerous types of music, some relating to joy, discomfort, strength, and sorrow. The lyrics music expresses helps people gain strength in battling relationship issues, family heartaches, or troubles in school. Music takes a person to an imaginary place where they can be alone. It takes them to a place where they can think about their life, and expect better opportunities in the future. Music is the all powerful healer to any situation, this I believe.