*Please take a look at the padlet at the bottom of the presentation :)*
As we all know, life is a mixed bag. Sometimes it will draw out the best moments of your life and the worst. Sometimes we feel like the whole world is against us and the rug can be taken out at any moment. Life can kick you in the teeth and break your soul to a point where you have no idea how to pick up the pieces. These instances can occur in multiple difference ways: fear of being judged, ridiculed, or misunderstood. Being afraid of showing your true emotion because of the fear of being percieved as weak. Worst of all, sometime we feel like this will be a never ending cycle and there is no resolution. Insecurities and lack of self confidence is a huge thing in teenagers all across the world. Whether its the media or peers or our own mind telling us we can not do it, our insecurities create a cloud over our heads thinking we can not do anything.
I feel like our first instinct as humans is to shut off and not deal with it unfortunatly I am an expert at this. For a long times I have dealed with issues by not dealing with them at all, I would refuse to think about it, and cover it up by saying that everything is alright. However that did made it worse, I felt like I was going to explode. I was not dealing with my issues in a healthy way, so I turned to music. I started to listen to mellow and encouraging songs and it took me in a better state, it was then and there I plunged myself into music making it a source of therapy.
Here Below is an infographic about how music helps the brain heal:
This conference is an opportunity for me to squander this feeling and instill to teenagers that you are not alone and life is worth living. By using music I am conveying a message in a language that would be more effective than regular words.
Before I move into my composition here is a spotify playlist with my favorite songs that always
make me feel at piece. I entiled it Serenity because it means being in a calm and peaceful state of mind.
*props to my friend Shreeja for helping me with the playlist*
My composition process:
I started out with fumbling around with my keyboard at 11:00 pm until I found a progression that I liked. Then I played those chords over and over again and then lyrics just came to me. My lyrics were inspired by the song You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen. This song had the same theme that I wanted to convey so I took the first few words in the song “have you ever felt like” and it went on from there. I started to think how I felt when I felt like the world was against me and what I would have wanted someone to tell me in that situation. All I wanted was for someone to tell me that it was going to be okay and to take it one step at a time. Then my song was born. After a lot of struggles and reputation I finally got a song I was happy with. I just decided to do vocals and piano because not only was it my music taste, but I wanted the song to be simple yet powerful. With just piano and vocals people can here the words and the meaning behind the song.
One Step at a Time Audio:
Sheet music (PDF):
How can we catalyze this change:
We can catalyst this issue by doing a one task and that is: Never let people feel like they are worth noting. Yes it is vague but here are some ways you can do this.
-if someone looks down or sad, ask them if they are okay. 99% of the time they will brush it off and say “I’m fine” but the truth is they are probably not, the just do not want to burden you. If they say that sit with them anyway. You can tell them it is okay to say what they are feeling and you can just listen to them or if they won’t say anything tell them that it’s going to be okay, or you are not alone. Assure them that they are worth it.
-if people are talking bad about themselves, tell them the opposite. What people say if often a direct reflection what they thing of themselves. We are our own worst critic, so tell that person that they are good enough
-encourage people and speak up, never let a person think that they are incapable of doing something they want to do. Encouraging people will help them.
-Last but not least: MUSIC! Show people the playlist I provided upbove or a song you like that you think it would help with their situation. Music can heal people in numerous ways.
We can catalyze the issue by reminding people that life is worth living, that no matter how much the world seems to be against you that there will be a moment where you won’t feel disposable.
Thank you and Everything will be okay