Dear Me: Day 164

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Day 164/365

I thought this quote was one of the most beautiful I've seen throughout this project. Truly. The full text reads:

"Sometimes, I imagine life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness while the black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys make music too."

And how appropriate. I call exceptions all the time, am the first to admit that this whole process is just that-- a process. That I still have bad days too, moments when the progress I've made through this slips away for an instant, and I revert to my baser instincts to deal with obstacles in my path. But I love this sentiment, the idea that even the pieces of our life, the pieces of our path that aren't just sunshine and roses... still contribute to the music of our souls.

People joke sometimes, about their lives having a soundtrack... but I'll tell you a secret-- mine does. There is always music in my head, always. A song, a medley, a mashup of tunes and lyrics running through me at all times. I wouldn't be surprised, if it were possible to really see into dreams, to find that those were punctuated by musical accompaniment as well.

And sometimes it's annoying-- because in a way it means that my head is never just... still. Ever.

But at the same time-- I relish it, the constantly looping and swooping music that punctuates my daily life. And yes, sometimes it's a sad song, sometimes angry... but I am always in the company of music. I am always listening to the piano in my heart... and how dull it all would be without the black keys, how dull if the only keys were major with no minors.

I'm so glad for everything that's contributed to my daily playlist, the one I don't need an ipod for, the one that requires no subscriptions, no downloads, no effort. It's just there, rolling through me-- good and bad.

And isn't that all life is really? Learning to roll with all of that? Not just the anthems, the cheers, the songs of jubilation... but also the ballads, the angry rebel cheers, and the sad songs that tear at you from the first note?

How beautiful, how blessed to hear the noise of both my black and white keys.

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