What Music Inspires Me? by Ben Courtwright

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The genre of music I mostly listen to is pop. I always pay attention to the lyrics and I play the songs on repeat for hours at a time. I listen to music that I can relate with; music that understands me. I also feel like singing about feelings and experiences can help you get through tough times in your life. I also have memories of music in my life that I will never forget. Like hearing Baby One More Time by Britney Spears in the mall while on the other side and I had to go find out where it was coming from and my dad didn’t even know what I was going after. Music makes you move, and it makes you live in the moment. Music heals. I stray away from mainstream rap and pop music. I like listening to the less popular songs from Madonna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga. You get to see their messages clearer and possibly what they have gone through and how they dealt with those feelings and decisions they had to make. I haven’t run out of new music. There are layers and layers to songs you never realize. There are reasons why people choose the words they choose to sing about what order the words go. I like to radiate in music and I just let those feelings sit with me and I accept them for what they are, and I don’t judge them; I let them pass by. It can help distract yourself and if you can’t, it can help you accept and embrace your inner being.

Should You Follow Your Passion? by Ben Courtwright

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Well, first off, we all know that it is hard to live off of following your passion. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. You need to make a plan and be willing to follow through. Maybe you’ll have to work two jobs at first and then work your way on from there. I believe you should do what you love because if you really love what you do then you’ll find a way to make it work.

How to Find Your Creative Self by Ben Courtwright

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Everyone can be an artist. Do not look for anything in particular. Just write; just make art. Let the judging take its course. Try things; experiment; play. Give yourself an excuse to fail so that you can grow from your mistakes. When creating something whatever it may be, enjoy and be present in the moment and process and you will start to notice in real life that you will live in the moment and you will start enjoying the good times and the bad times. Be open with all ears to fail and stand back up and that is how you will find your true creative self.

What is Serendipity? by Ben Courtwright

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Serendipity. What is it? What does it mean? By definition serendipity means the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Like finding a dollar bill in the gutter on the inside of a curb when you were running a dollar short and you needed to pay for that book you’ve been wanting to buy for the longest time.

 

What does it mean? Well I’m not a strong believer in a predestined life; but I do believe that things will turn out the way they are supposed to base on the decisions we make in our daily lives. You listen to the signs and you follow them with your hearts content. What’s meant to be will last and what’s not meant to be will fade sometimes even fall way fast.

 

There’s a difference between hoping for something and wanting something. Hope is trust, hope is an expectation, waiting for something to happen. Wanting something is expecting something without waiting. It’s all about being in the moment, how are you supposed to know if you want something versus knowing what you hope for if you aren’t even in the moment?

Should You Keep a Diary or Journal? by Ben Courtwright

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Personally, I do have a journal. It is on my phone and I use an app called Day One. Which is accessible from the computer or mobile app. It saves my entries in the cloud so I can access them whenever I need them without worrying about them getting deleted. I prefer having my journal on my phone rather than on paper because it is more portable, and I don’t have to worry about it getting lost or stolen. I can also put a lock on my journal, so I don’t have to worry about anyone reading it. Journaling is a great thing to do in my opinion because it helps you channel your feelings and thoughts into writing. Like a photograph, it records a moment in time. I have had my journal for 3 years now and I still write in it when I feel the need to. I don’t try and force myself to write. I write when I feel like I need to. It means more to me when I have the will to write than to just put something out there without taking the time or effort to put something with meaning out. When you are writing with will it just comes out the words are so pure and raw in form. I find it really special and you can learn about yourself in a new way; through writing. So, do I recommend you keep a journal or diary? Absolutely yes. Do you have to write in it every morning right when you get out of bed? No. Journaling is there for you to pour your thoughts and feelings into words, through stories or from personal experiences. When it feels like you cannot talk to anyone, writing in a journal can help be safe place to sort out your feelings and come to terms with yourself. It’s not always going to be pretty and that’s okay. It’s about you and your feelings which is why it is so important to journal because it is setting time aside for you. And you are so important.