Category Archives: Pure Opinion

Music Therapy

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Music Therapy

I bet you can think of many times where music is the only thing that can calm you. I know I can. Sometimes it seems like the only thing that will relax you. But sometimes, even when you don’t think it will, it can be the most nurturing over other ideas or medications. You don’t need a bunch of medication to make you feel better. You might need one that actually has a purposeful use. But when you don’t have to… that’s when it’s best to find anything that can take the place of something that isn’t real.

Don’t get fake happiness or a false sense of reality with pills and other drugs. All you need is music.

Or is that really all you need? Sometimes, music is a great way to help you relax, or focus. It’s great for doing homework, falling asleep, relaxing after a stressful day, and even just plain zoning out of the world. But it depends what can do that for all people. Nobody has the same mind or outlooks of what one thing could mean. While ocean waves and birds chirping could mean peace to one person, it could mean complete annoyance and discomfort to another. So if you truly do think that music would be a helpful side-kick to your life, you need to discover two things:

What you want and how to get it.

You need to decide what you are going to be using this for. To fall asleep to?  To do homework to? To relax to? Or to zone out to? Or anything else that could help you… When you find it out, you have to stick with it to work. Then you need to decide how it applies to you, and how you can get it. What makes you fall asleep? Turn it into music… Google it if you have to! What helps you concentrate or relax? And what just makes you completely lose yourself?

Now make a playlist of all your different moods, and you’re set! I think that if everyone could simply go through these steps, they could eliminate as many bad things as possible. That is, if they want to. But why not? Just think about all of the things you may have heard;  Music in the womb can stimulate health and growth to a fetus… that learning an instrument can keep your mind off bad aspects of your life… and simply that music can always, and will always, change your mood to how you feel about that music.

Of course these are all myths, and can’t really be proven. But if you want my opinion, music changes the world.

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Smoking Isn’t Beautiful

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Smoking Isn’t Beautiful

Hate to say it, but I dont. With all of the smoking in the world, and more than enough knowlegde of it’s effects, it’s just ridiculous how it’s growing. Of course, it was much more prominent in the 50’s and 60’s, but it slowed after we actually gained the knowledge of the true effects. Nevertheless, the smoking industry is still huge.
Since there are no more billboard advertisements, or commercials, I have to wonder why people still find smoking to be a “cool” thing. I personally know many high schoolers that are already addicted to smoking, and it makes me sick. They just hang around in their little possies at sonic, leaning against the tables, nodding at each other, while they all sit in each other’s future lung cancer. We are so knowledged these days about the effects of drugs and alcohol, yet it doesn’t seem to decrease. I’m thinking that, because we are so used to being told these things, it just doesn’t register when the moment comes. The peer pressure… the desire to be “popular” when yet we all sit here saying that we’re individuals. Nobody is truly an individual in that sense. We all want to follow the trends in some way, catch up on the celebrity and local gossip, to stand out… if everyone’s goal is to stand out, then nobody really does. We are all just blending into each other.
Popularity doesn’t actually follow anyone throughout their life. We need to be able to be ourselves, and not get so caught up in the popularity that we lose focus of what really matters in life. It’s obviously easier said than done. Since we learn so much “awareness” so often, I think that we shouldn’t get taught all of these things so young. I love the D.A.R.E. thing in fifth grade, that’s the perfect age to inform but not get ignored. It shouldn’t be so much of a routine though; that’s the reason thats we’re blocking it out, and unconsciously marking it as unimportant in our brain. But by the time high school comes, dare is much less effective because hardly anyone can change the mind of a teenager. Dare, in high school, needs to be changed into some kind of value or future value class. As in, the real life effects of these things to our future. You can’t get your dream job or dream life when you have to worry about being judged and judging other people based on their societal status all the time. You can’t get everything you desire when you’re killing yourself..
So if you’re one of those people that are still in denial, I feel bad for you. It hurts me to know about all of the people dying everyday with some type of smoking related death. If you truly don’t care that there are many concerned strangers out there, concerned for you, then go ahead, brag to all of your friends that you went up to two packs a day instead of one. And go ahead and defend yourself by saying you’ll still be beautiful and those statistics don’t actually apply to you. But you’re only lying to yourself. You’re only trapped so deep into yourself, that there’s no way out; no way out of the reflection in the mirror. No way out of the doctor in the white coat telling you your real future, right there.. you block it out. You block it out of your mind, so that you don’t have to think about it; you don’t have to think about what comes next, and when nothing can ever come next again.