As I write this, I'm listening to the live version of Shawn Mendes's song "Life of the Party". I love Shawn and got to see him in concert on December 10, 2015 in Chicago. This song means a lot to me because I loved it so much, and it showed me the talent Shawn has. I even made it my ringtone and played it on repeat, but enough about Shawn.

Music. It's such a beautiful art. The ability to put voices, words, instruments, rhythms, and beats together to make a song for people to hear and enjoy. I have such an appreciation for music, even if I'm not a musician myself. I did play the violin for six years though.

I love all genres of music. In the past year, I've really branched out and listened to artists and songs I didn't think was my style. I encourage everyone to listen to a song once and not make judgments on it based on the artist or the album cover or title. I also encourage you to look up songs you hear and don't know.

I've been to five concerts in the past 2 1/2 years, and I'm going to my sixth one tomorrow. Many people would probably think that's a lot and is very expensive. I know people think, "why do you always go to concerts?" Well, live music is such a unique experience. The way a person sings a song in that moment is never going to be the same as when they sing that same song the next night or on their studio version. It is even more amazing when you not only love the music but also the person or people performing for the audience. The environment is amazing as well. Everyone is congregated in a room to listen and sing along to music they love. Even though concert tickets are expensive, they are very much worth it, in my opinion. They are truly the best times of my life.

Music has made me the person I am today. I'm not going to be on a stage singing for thousands of people one day, but that doesn't mean I can't love music as much as the people doing exactly that.