College. Not knowing how to handle the pressures of balancing an academic, social, and work life -- Me. My freshman and sophomore years of college were full of stress and uncertainty, and it felt like every single day there would be more weight placed on my shoulders. Due to a lack of friends, nothing else to do but work, and to do school, I retracted into my own little shell and struggled with apathy, anxiety, loneliness, and even depression. And I won’t lie, there are still times where that darkness lingers near. Humans have the natural ability to only focus on the negative aspects of what they are going through, and many times, only focusing on the darkness can lead to a more, all-encompassing darkness. Then my bandmates and I started Second to Safety as a way to keep our stress in check, and to do what we LOVE to do! We found out really early that what we write has a huge impact on our own attitudes, and vice versa. We all came to the conclusion that we wanted to acknowledge that there are dark shades of life, but there are silver linings. Ignoring the dark parts of life in our music would be superficial, but also acknowledging that there are positive parts of life would just be truthful… because there are silver linings.
Our song “Contrast” which can be found on our EP Alive & Well, and on our upcoming album, is about the adventure of finding light in the darkness. We have found that giving hope in our music is vitally important to our attitudes and even the attitudes of some of our listeners.
As we track this album, we have already found out that there are going to be times where we get discouraged, as I did a few days ago while tracking a song that i couldn’t quite get right. Instead of my bandmates getting upset, or angry, they kept encouraging me. This is, in part, because we saw that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We knew that we are going to have a pretty sweet tune when we get it right, and that kept us going! Moving into my senior year, this band and its endeavors has been an incredible source of encouragement to me, and it is one of the things that has helped me find light in the darkness.
Today’s word of encouragement…. Find light in the darkness. “It’s only a storm, the sun can still shine through” (History, also found on Alive & Well).
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