“People want to hear songs with the words they’re afraid to say.”
- Peyton Sawyer, One Tree Hill
What do you do when you read novels every day about situations you only find within pages, but then you are forced to face someone, and you cannot even say one word? It is as though words never existed. You ponder what you should say versus what you should not say, but then, at the end of the day, maybe you think it is better to have never said anything at all.
We live in a world where people constantly face fear. We face those we love when they realize they do not love us anymore, and we face our futures crumbling beneath our feat. Maybe, though, the ends of what we thought were the most important parts of our lives were really just life’s way of giving us a second chance–a second chance at success, at education, at love, or even at acceptance.
When we put our favorite songs on loops and tune out the rest of the world, maybe we are not simply listening to them over and over again for the sake of the beat or because we like how the music sounds in comparison to the voices in our heads, but maybe we are listening to them because we like the company of how someone else is saying everything we want to say. When we are in a world where we constantly have a grip on everything and everyone around us because we want to be the sole proprietors of our respective destinies, we sometimes need to let go of the reigns and pass them over to someone else.
Who we are when we face challenges does not necessarily craft our personas or lay out how the rest of our lives will unfold, but how we handle them does. For one moment in time, we can loosen our grips and allow the sound of the lyrics to help us understand the hows and whys of life’s greatest mysteries.
Until we learn how to bask in the moonlight of the voice of someone else, though, we may not necessarily ever comprehend how to overcome our obstacles. Sometimes, it takes the courage of someone else and a priceless gift of bravery to instill in us our own courage to gather ourselves and move on.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.