It is a Friday night. I find myself stuck playing video games in the living room while waiting for plans to pick up so that I can be “social”. I am scrolling through new song releases between games when I stumble across an album. The album is titled Human by Steve Angello. Human tossed just one song in my direction and I became hooked. I dropped my controller and became one myself as the music took control over me. The music moved me towards my headphones and I put them on and slid under the covers. My eyelids sealed themselves shut and would not open until I received a message. I could not immediately decipher this message, so I had to listen to the tracks until I could find it. As the album took its course I learned to follow it, as if it were drawn out inside my mind. My imagination then took hold; I began picturing the instruments being played by the very artists that held them. Every song lead to a different destination, but every song gave me the same sensations. The sensations that cascaded over me were those of relief and joy. This was the first time in a long time that I had truly listened to music without preoccupying myself in the process. It was only for a moment that I felt these amazing sensations, but I will never forget them. The sensations lead to the intended message, and it was clear: I needed to simply breathe.
So often in life I find myself constantly busy because I thrust myself into overdrive with my dreams and ambitions. In between working towards my dreams and partaking in healthy activities I fill my time scrolling through social media, playing video games, and watching Netflix. I’m not trying to say that any of these things are bad, but I would like to point out that we as people often over indulge in these silly pastimes. We seem to forget to take time to close our eyes and just exhale. Every human needs time to unwind and find something that truly relaxes them. Each of us needs to take a moment out our day to really think, rather than filling in the gaps of time with meaningless distractions. I have found that certain music draws me out of my everyday routine and into the instrumentals. By listening to this music in a controlled environment my creative tendencies come to life and I start to think critically. My mind goes from running on autopilot to being piloted by a greater train of thought. I have discovered an outlet that lets me plug in and power my own imaginative thinking. This outlet allows me to exhale the bullshit that drains me and inhale the fresh ideas that bring me to life. I have found my outlet, now it is your turn. What is it that allows you to breathe? Is it music? Could it be venturing out into nature? How about taking only a few minutes to meditate? Whatever your way of “breathing” may be, make sure that you set aside some time for it. You will thank yourself for doing so.