Many times over the last four years I have often joked about needing to go take my drugs. Life with a continuous headache will cause you to take meds frequently. Sometimes it was a prescribed med, and yet other times it was just a quick dose of some OTC meds I have sitting in my desk. It was during those times that I often joked with Janda and coworkers that there was, "Better living through pharmaceuticals." Yes, I said, and at times still say this in jest.
I am fully aware that many people suffer addictions to drugs. Street drugs, prescription meds, OTC stuff. Friends and family alike have nearly died and/or destroyed families because of these addictions. I have an uncle who is a trained counselor who has dealt with the healing of said addictions. So yes, when I make that statement, I'm fully aware that reality isn't a better life with pharmaceuticals. Yet, at these times, it does help deal with the headache. Or, it can help relieve pain, cold symptoms, allergies, etc. Used correctly, pharmaceuticals are great.
Anyway, this post is not about pharmaceuticals. Actually, it is the drug that I consume daily through my ears. Music! Music is my drug of choice. To me, it heals, soothes, encourages and basically anything else you can think of. It elicits emotion.
I don't care the genre, mostly. I'll listen to just about anything. My mood depends on the genre or even artist. Even the genres I don't particularly care for I will listen to if there is something meaningful in a song I've heard. Yes, that even means country, and if really desperate for something different I'll pull out the classical genre.
I've been like this my whole life. I drove my parents nuts with some of the stuff I listened to. And yes, I drive my wife and kids nuts as well. But, as with most drug addicts or alcoholics, it doesn't matter what the intake is as long as it is entering my system. Thankfully, the music is not destructive (I know for others it has been recorded it can be). It is not something that takes over my being. It is a relaxer and encourager. I can share and not feel guilty about sharing. I can play it loudly or quietly, listen alone or communally.
So, if you ever need a good pick me up, change of pace band, encouraging word, calm down tune, something to bang your head to or get a little hood into you head, hit me up. I'll help as much as possible. If I have to, I'll even get my brother involved in your quest to discover what to listen to if I'm not able to help. Yes, growing up I somehow passed my love of music to him. His love of music and variety of music is even greater.
Good night world, and may you enjoy your favorite song while you read this. See, not all drugs are bad.