Tuesday, August 30, 2016

5 Life Lessons I've Learned From A Silent Film

Do you have one? A band that has stolen your heart. Made you dive deep into their lyrics and melody. Fall in love and discover more about yourself than you ever thought you could?

A Silent Film has done that for me since December of 2012. I've been sharing my experiences with them and their music with you since the birth of this blog. Since then I have seen them in eight different cities and just saw their 12th show in three years this past week. The show reminded me of my love of their music and them as human beings. From the first song I ever heard of theirs, Harbour Lights, my heart was stolen, molded and guided into what is now the life I am living today. One I never knew existed until the first notes of their music entered my world.

To know that someone can write exactly how you are feeling is a bonding agent. Here are five life lessons I've learned from their music and the the journey it has taken me on.
1. Don't regret a thing. It can be easy to regret things you have done in your past. For me I battle with that daily. But when I look at where my life has taken me because of the choices I have made, I remind myself that regrets can fade when you are living the life you always dreamed of, but never knew you could get yourself to.
2. Strong enough. I never thought myself a strong person, until I decided to make a change for myself. I wanted something my ex-husband couldn't give me and I was able to leave knowing that one day I would find it no matter how long it took. Some days I didn't feel strong enough, but that is when I leaned on my amazing group of friends. Through it all we all made each other strong enough. And continue to, to this day.
3. You were my rock, never my stepping stone. I was with my ex-husband for fourteen years. Never once even at the end of our marriage did I think that I had used him to step into a new life. I grew as a person. I didn't feel supported in the way I wanted. I didn't feel heard. So I decided to make a change. He had carried me for fourteen years, now it was my time to step out and be the true me, the me that was hidden inside for so long. Though I was ready for the change and he was not, I'd not be who I am today without him.
4. Tomorrow is another day. And so tomorrows and tomorrows came and went. And the tomorrow that stands before me is clearer than ever. My photography has blossomed. My writing has flourished. I look forward to every tomorrow in this my new life. And if today is a bad day....Tomorrow is another day.
5. Something to believe in. A Silent Film's music has given me something to believe in, myself. From the first notes of Harbour Lights to their cover Take Care and their newest album's song I Don't Need A Reason. The love I've felt flowing through their music, I now feel flow freely from another person. The passion I felt for their words are now being spoken to me daily. For three years I've waited and now my dream is a reality. Life makes you wait, but it also leaves you something to hope for. The waiting is hard, but the end result is something to believe in.
Growing with my Lads. 
From March 5th, 2013 to today and all the tomorrows.


Kristen Burk said...

Love this. Beautiful job, Megan! When I'm facing a challenge or reflecting on life, I love to hear ASF ask, "Are we reaching our potential?". So inspiring.

Jenny Lewis said...

Great post, Megan! I found out about A Silent Film through your blog and had the joy of seeing them live for the first time a few weeks ago. I love all of their records and EPs and they are so amazing in concert. Thank you for bringing them into my life!

Joie_Fatale said...

Heart this so much! Music moves us in so many ways! Sometimes it's because it lets us abandon inhibitions through dance or restructure through dance too! Sometimes it's lyrics that speak to our struggles or joys, or how those lyrics cause us to question everything in our little life bubbles! Sometimes it's seeing your family in the trenches of the crowd! But I think there's ALWAYS something to learn from ANY genre of music, and any band! And most times it's about ourselves! I love how you were able to articulate these specifics! Miss you girlie!!!💖💖💖

Megan Gotch said...

Thank you so much Joie! I knew you as a music lover would be able to enjoy this article. Thank you so much for your kind words they mean so much! Miss you too! xx

Megan Gotch said...

Thank you so much Jenny! I love being able to share my love of ASF with anyone who will listen! I am so glad you were able to finally see them live! Congrats! xx

Megan Gotch said...

Exactly. Re-listening to them before they arrived last week and Reaching Our Potential was the first song and that inspired this! Thank you Kristen! xx

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