A Decade That Changed Everything Part Two

This will end up a series that I will write in December 2019, as the decade comes to a close. I hope to share some wisdom now that my memoir The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir is published and out in the world. Each will have some theme that I think is relevant to the idea of the last ten years. I imagine walking side by side that person I was at the start of the decade, he was a different James than the one now. He now has so much to share. This is part two.

Music is Life

If there is one important piece of wisdom that I can share with you is that in this mental illness life, music is everything! I can guarantee that there is a song for every situation that you may face, you might need to go outside your music genre you love to find it, but it really is out there, and it can mean the difference between feeling like the world is falling on your head and the feeling that life is not so bad.

My second piece of advice is that don’t get bogged down in one area of music because there are so many amazing pieces of music out there for you to find. Limiting your genre only limits you, and life is too short to not have good music in your life. I listen to music when I am writing, sitting in a coffee shop working on homework, or lying in bed, getting ready for sleep. All you need in this life is iTunes and a good set of headphones.

Here is a great example of a song from Avril Lavigne

Keep Holding On

I have this obsession with Korean culture especially the food and music, here is a song that always makes me smile from Girls Generation.

All My Love is For You

Sometimes songs are about hope, like this song from Crystalyne


Another song that offers hope that I love comes from Sara Bareilles.


I would not be doing what music I listen to without some Taylor Swift. I mean her music is perfect for writing.


One Last song just because its music, how about some Rachel Platten?

This is a small sample size of the list on my iTunes. These are all on my main playlist and there are a lot of indie rock. Okay one last one before the end of this blog post, this from Meg and Dia.

Depression and even anxiety suck, and music, for me, is a way to get through the hard parts. I can’t live a day without listening to music, and I can say with certainty that it has changed my life. I have always loved music, but over the last decade, it has been a staple in my life. Music is Life!

Always Keep Fighting


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2 thoughts on “A Decade That Changed Everything Part Two

  1. I am thankful for so many things in my life, and one of them is music. You have pretty much said everything I am thinking. Music has saved me and continues to do so. Such a nice post.


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