As I meander through the crowded hallways, I always think of the music that no one else seems to hear. The music that comes from the high heels clicking on the linoleum and the scraping from the drowsy kids dragging their feet. The music that comes from the incessant murmur of hundreds of voices having a thousand different conversations as they swiftly pass me by. I hear it all because very few other people take the time to stop and listen.
I see more than half the school population with headphones in their ears as they casually stroll by me. The manmade music blasting from the ear buds almost assuring that the listeners will become deaf at an early age. I watch, thoroughly amused, as they mouth the words to their favorite songs. I let them walk along, not even bothering to scowl at the profanities streaming from the speakers, because I have my own music to listen to. And my music does not require headphones, iPods or MP3 players. My music is all around me, continually. I truly appreciate this music because it is derived from all the little sounds that people never seem to notice. I believe that mankind needs to learn to appreciate the little things. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by listening to the music of nature.
The way I see it, appreciating the simple things shows how much respect one has for the natural environment. By acknowledging the presence of music all around me, I am making sure that I don’t take music for granted. It is the simple things that make life so wonderful, and by appreciating their meanings, it enables someone to have a greater respect for the world. That is why, every morning when I wake up, I list all the things that I am grateful for. Such as bubble baths, falling leaves, and Pokémon. By giving myself time to merely appreciate everything, it helps to relax and prepare me for the new day waiting up ahead.
Even though I do not own a music playing device, I still create my own music that makes me happy. You can normally find me tapping my fingers and feet to some sort of rhythm or just spasmodically dancing with my friends. I don’t need manmade music, by listening and thinking, I can create my own beautiful music easily.
Every day I still walk through the packed hallways. Every day I still see kids with their headphones fit firmly against their delicate ears. Every day I still hear the flow of blasphemies as they cascade from the ear buds. And every day I still look to the bright side. If only everyone could see it this way, and take a few moments of their time every day to appreciate it. Whether it is listening to music or just going outside, everyone has the potential to simply stop and observe. By doing so, they can all appreciate the little things.