I absolutely love live music. I’m not the most musically proficient person (I played the saxophone in middle school and sang in a boy choir until puberty hit), but something I discovered when I reached adulthood was that I love going to live shows. Since a majority of the bands I like are smaller acts, that meant I was hitting small clubs and intimate venues in tons of cities listening to my favorite bands and songwriters.
I’ve had different concert buddies over the years, but there have always been people willing to go see shows with me. One constant concert pal is Kevin, who I’ve seen tons of shows with. We had a particularly crazy stretch where we saw three concerts at three different venues over the course of eleven days. And it ROCKED.
It’s hard to describe what going to a live show does for me. I think the biggest thing is that, for a few hours, it seems like nothing else matters. It’s just me, the people around me, and the band putting on their show. Everything else takes a back seat. All my problems and worries are set to the side while I immerse myself in the music.
An annoying symptom of depression is that sometimes you don’t enjoy things the way you used to. Over the years, that loss of joy has happened with a lot of things. I have fought to enjoy things I once loved, and don’t enjoy certain activities quite like I used to. So when I do find something I love to do, I hold on to it as tightly as I can.
We all have things we love to do – activities, pastimes, whatever you want to call them. There are things out there that make us feel alive, at peace, content – happy. Oftentimes, after we do those things, we think to ourselves I should do this more.
And you’re right. You should. Not just because life is short and you should make the most of your time (though that is a good reason), but because you deserve it. You deserve to do the things you love because it’s another reminder that you’re a human who loves things – just like everyone else. We all deserve it. So what’s stopping you?
I love to travel, write, and see live music. What are the things YOU love to do? Let me know in the comments!
Travel, skiing, snuggles with my cozy blankets are my favorites.
I’ve never been skiing before, but it sounds like fun! All good things =)
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Cuddling with my guinea pigs feels good even when the depression is really bad.
Animals are always a huge help when depression hits. Wish I had a pet!
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Making…whether I be writing, crocheting, or my newest activity: painting.
Traveling some times
You sound like a very creative person! Making things always helps me get out of a funk.
I loved the cuddles from my cat, Miley. Unfortunately, I no longer have her since over a year ago. I would love another furry friend, but it’s not the right situation now. But when my circumstances change, I hope it to be a guinea pig, or a hamster.
Other things I like are traveling in the UK, or trips out, when money allows me.
I like lots of walking. There are nice parks to walk in near me, or slightly further afield. Walking in nature never fails for me, or walking elsewhere nearby, somewhere.