Celtic Music: How I Understood Myself

Among other genres, I love listening to Celtic music. It isn’t my favourite style of music, but for today’s topic, it’ll be ideal to depict an accurate representation of who I am.

Early in my life, I was fortunate enough to quickly discern who I was and get a grasp of what my purpose in life could be. Never will I fancy to be a hundred percent right about the assumption of my destiny, but I believe that I have a clear idea of where I’m heading: something most people my age regrettably struggle with.

Back in high school, my friends would come to me when they wanted advice regarding their education. I was an A+ kid, indeed: though they weren’t interested in the advice I could give them concerning upcoming exams or misunderstood lectures. No: rather, they knew I genuinely enjoyed playing the guidance counsellor, and they needed someone to talk to. Apparently, I was a good listener. My experience at school has revealed to me that most teenagers have little idea of what makes them tick, and what could potentially make them happy in the future. Soon, those teenagers are young adults, graduating from high school, and searching for the next way to go. Time then comes for them to choose a career or an educational path. This confusion in identity they have been dragging all along becomes a burden when the decision regarding the next steps in their life is to be taken: unknowledgeable of their desires, they feel lost, or simply unconcerned. It then becomes more than easy to decide to bubble through life, and go with the flow. I don’t believe that’s a strategy that has the potential to make anyone happy: I accept I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am.

I’m happy I was driven enough to find my way. But then, I guess I had it easier than most. I worked hard to comprehend just who exactly I was, and why my passions were what they were. And all that, I found out about only very recently.

This isn’t a podium for me to brag on about my certainty in life; the truth is, I could wake up one morning no longer wishing to do what I do, realizing that I’m not happy with the course of my existence, and having to figure out once again what I want out of this one life I’m given. If it were to happen, I’d take the challenge gladly. I’m not afraid of changing my mind; I don’t think anyone should be.

“Il n’y a que les fous qui ne changent pas d’idée!” —French proverb

The good news is that luck isn’t needed for anyone to savvy who they are, and follow their heart.

What is it with Celtic music, then? What does it have to do with anything?

Celtic music is a piece of the puzzle that makes me, me. Just like salsa is, and dance, and cooking, and languages. That is to say that your passions really are pieces of yourself represented by art, activities, music, preferences in clothing, sports, and so on.

I strongly believe that an analysis of your passions is the right path to finding out what enthusiasms you. Today, anyone can be anything. The sky is the limit when it comes to realising your dreams. And we ought to take advantage of that!

So, what is it with Celtic music?

Celtic music isn’t archaic; it’s folklore: it’s historical and historic, both at the same time. The Celtic culture is, to me, an incomparable source of liveliness, emotion, and natural cheerfulness. Just like the Celtic rhythm, my personality is passionate, enthusiastic, and driven.

Celtic music (the one I listen to) is not anglophone (or francophone for that matter): the songs I know are either in Irish or Scottish Gaelic. This fact relates to how essential languages are to me and how my passion for linguistics can’t be compared to anything else.

Celtic music is mythological: it’s fantasy translated to sounds. In my life, I’m a romantic, and I don’t believe there are limits to the human mind’s creativity.

Celtic music is diversity in every note: it’s refreshing, moving, inspiring, and it doesn’t fail to surprise. If I found out something new about myself, it’s that I thrive when inspired, and I take my energy from those who surround me. I need diversity because I strive to be a versatile and round character, who learns from her trials and errors, who doesn’t stay put, and who doesn’t become stagnant due to fear.

Celtic music is foreign: it’s an unfamiliarity I enjoy particularly. I love the unknown, and I’m not unfazed easily by what gets me out of my comfort zone. Change always comes with uneasiness (in my experience), but when you dream of it, it’s a little price to pay in comparison. My interest in the foreign makes me an enthusiast of travel and has given me as well the strong ambition to discover and explore more than solely one country.

Finally, Celtic music is inclusive: as a matter of fact, folklore is danced in groups and it is synonymous of a never-ending celebration between friends, family, and (I dare to say) foreigners. Celtic music reminds me that no me cabe la menor duda que juntos somos más fuertes (I have no doubt that we’re stronger together | Spanish)! There is nothing that aggravates and affects me more than rejection; whether it be of religion, of culture, of language, or of ethnicity (by the way, we really should stop saying race when meaning ethnicity: I literally grit my teeth everytime I hear the word).

Last Word

I believe this exercise of analysing your passions could be helpful if you are looking to know more about yourself. We don’t have to know everything because we’re likely to change anyway. But I find it is nice to understand what gets you up in the morning and going, because then, whatever those things are, you’ll cherish them until they make you happy enough to believe you’ve led a great life!

I leave you with an invitation to enjoy this beautiful Celtic group performance: https://www.vevo.com/watch/celtic-woman/teir-abhaile-riu-(live-at-morris-performing-arts-center-south-bend-in-2013)/USUMV1300336 

Wie immer (As always | German),

Arrivederci ragazzi, Sika ♥



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