Originally this paper was going to only analyze the effect of music on the individual and society, but as I was writing I began thinking more and more about the last few years of my life, and how much I’ve grown and changed. Finally putting this journey into perspective became very important for me. I have learned that being aware of a problem is the first step in solving it, but we should not make the problems our life. I believe that in society people of similar statuses and backgrounds are most likely to experience certain similar struggles. Each person deals with those struggles in their own personal ways and at their own pace. For me, family, friends, work, music and love are the core influences of my character. It was important for my character to go through this mental and spiritual suffering. It helped me to become a better and stronger person. In each society there are powerful forces influencing us, so the more we know about society the more we can deal with it. The old proverb that says that “seek, and you shall find,” is the truth. In any given situation you can find positive and negative aspects. The trick is to know you can choose between the two. Sometimes I still need to remind myself to just relax and enjoy the ride of life because one day it will come to an end.
"Just Live: The Trick Is, You Have A Choice,"
Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge:
2, Article 16.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/humanarchitecture/vol2/iss2/16